A senior Whitehall source has said that the UK’s security services have been successful in foiling five terrorist attacks during 2017 since the incident at Westminster.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the insider said MI5 is even now running 500 active investigations at any one time, involving 3,000 people of interest.
The source was quoted by the news source as saying: “Where former subjects of interest show sufficient risk of reengaging in terrorism, MI5 can consider reopening the investigation, but this process inevitably relies on difficult professional judgments based on partial information.”
This comes as the UK government took the decision to stop passing information over to the US after leaks of key evidence were made to various news outlets over the pond. Theresa May is due to confront Donald Trump over the leaks, which did include photographs from the crime scene, when they meet at a Nato summit in Brussels.
And now, Max Hill – the independent review of terrorism legislation – has come out and said that bringing in new laws to prosecute extremists would be a “kneejerk reaction” to the attacks carried out in England in the last few months.
According to the Guardian, Mr Hill has called into question proposals by home secretary Amber Rudd to bring in jail terms of up to 15 years for those who view terrorist content online repeatedly. He said that much would have to be done in order to avoid innocent people being caught up in this.
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