Friday, 14 July 2017

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick : Five UK terror attacks foiled in recent months

Police have prevented five terror plots from being carried out in the UK in the last few months, London's most senior police officer has said.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told LBC the plots "were very close to an attack" - with some "within minutes" of being carried out.

Four terror attacks have taken place in the UK in 2017 - three in the capital.

Ms Dick, who took charge of the Met in February, said the attacks in London and Manchester had been "horrific".

She said a "very large number of plots" have been foiled over the last few years.
Ms Dick said she could not reveal details about the nature of the terror plots because arrests had been made, but added: "We've had a huge number of successful operations.

"It's well into the teens in the past couple of years, where we know people were intent on attacking and that's been stopped."

She added: "In addition, [police have made] hundreds and hundreds of arrests of people who are radicalised and are either spreading hatred or supporting terrorism and wanting to carry out a terror attack."

Ms Dick, who was previously the police's lead on counter-terrorism, praised officers for their response to the attacks.

"At London Bridge it was utterly astonishing", she said.

The attackers - who killed eight people on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market - were shot dead by armed police within eight minutes of the first emergency call.

BBC      News.

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