Segregated communities fuelling rise in terror threat warns counterterror chief

first_imgMr Basu went on to say that the dual issue of terrorists returning from fighting abroad and those who were unable to leave Britain in order to fight, meant the threat is “now in our midst”, the Daily Mail reported.He added that borders and ports were “porous”, with “a lack of biometrics and advanced passenger information” which made them vulnerable. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Isolated communities and illegal Islamic schools are a “breeding ground” for terrorism, a senior police chief has said, as he warned the security services are investigating 600 extremist plots.Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror chief, said that the nature of the threat the UK faced has shifted, warning that the main danger came from extremists “in our midst”.Mr Basu highlighted the risk posed by illegal schools, saying: “segregated, isolated communities, unregulated education and home schooling are a breeding ground for extremist and future terrorists”.The Met’s deputy assistant commissioner also revealed that the intelligence services were currently investigating 600 terror plots, of which 60 were opened in the past six weeks alone. In July, Cressida Dick, the Met’s commissioner, warned that 500 investigations were active.Speaking  during the Police Superintendents’ Association conference yesterday, Mr Basu said counter-terror officers currently open more investigations than they close each week.He added that there were also weaknesses in the country’s borders and called for much stringent checks on arrivals as he warned the UK’s terror threat level would remain at severe for at least the next five years.He said: “It is not going to change. This was truly a summer like no other, it was truly a shift and not a spike, it is truly a new norm that we face.”last_img read more

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