MI5 AND POLICE TO BE GIVEN NEW ANTI-TERROR POWERS TO TARGET CERTAIN HIGH-RISK COMMUNITIES

The Independent Online

Security services and police are to be given tougher powers to act against terrorism suspects in communities where the threat of people being radicalised is thought to be highest.

Under a new strategy, authorities will aim to identify plotters before they have finalised any plans for terror attacks.

Security chiefs believe a “step change” is needed to keep the public safe from terrorism, according to The Sunday Times.The targeting of certain communities, which will prove controversial, is part of the new approach outlined in leaked counterterrorism strategy documents.

The plans call for more focus on “communities where the threat from terrorism and radicalisation is highest” before they strike, the report said, giving MI5 and detectives powers to disrupt plots earlier.

It follows last year’s atrocities at ManchesterWestminster and London Bridge, in which a total of 35 people were killed.

Three of the five terrorists involved in the attacks were among 23,000 extremists known to the security services, but only one was under active investigation by MI5 when they struck.

The new document, due to be published in the coming weeks, sets out how police and MI5 will be able to warn government agencies, councils and devolved administrations about people on their radar before the suspects are deemed dangerous enough to be placed under surveillance.

Prison terms for terror offences would be extended, and more intensive monitoring introduced when people are released from jail, under a new counterterror bill.

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