Monday, 6 March 2017

Security services 'prevented 13 UK terror attacks since 2013'

Security services have prevented 13 potential terror attacks since June 2013, the UK's most senior counter-terrorism police officer has revealed.

Assistant commissioner Mark Rowley also said there were 500 live counter-terror investigations at any time.

He disclosed the figures as he launched an appeal, Action Counters Terrorism, for the public to report suspicions.

Information from the public has helped police in a third of the most high-risk investigations, figures show.

It has also contributed to stopping some of the 13 attacks - a figure one higher than the last update, given in October.
Police have not detailed what the 13 incidents since 2013 were.

Describing the public's contribution as "extraordinary", Mr Rowley said: "Some of that information is a change in someone's behaviour, some of that's about suspicious activity.

"Sometimes that public information has actually started an investigation.

"Other times it's part way through and it corroborates some things or adds to things we already know."

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that despite the public already playing a big part, some people said they were "slightly reluctant" to come forward and not sure of the help that police needed.

Mr Rowley urged the public to "trust your instinct" and "don't be cautious" when thinking of reporting anything of concern.

BBC      News.