Home secretary announces review into terror attacks
PUBLISHED: 12:08 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:18 22 June 2017
A review is set to take place into how authorities dealt with the recent terror attacks in the UK, the home secretary has announced.
Amber Rudd told the House of Commons that more must be done to tackle the extremists who seek to “radicalise and weaponise” young people in Britain.
She said: “Doing more also means asking difficult questions about what has gone wrong.
“In light of the terror attacks in London and Manchester, Britain’s counter-terror strategy will be reviewed to make sure the police and the security services have what they need to keep us safe.
“In addition to this, there will be a review of the handling of recent terror attacks to look at whether lessons can be learned about our approach.
“I’m pleased to announce that David Anderson, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, will be overseeing it.”
Four terror attacks have taken place in Britain so far this year - three of which happened in London.
This includes one in London Bridge, where Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, from Barking, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, believed to be from Ilford, drove into pedestrians before stabbing people in Borough Market.
Ms Rudd said the attacks had seen “36 innocent people dead and over 150 hospitalised”, calling it “a tragic loss of innocent life”.
She told the Commons a “new phase of global terrorism” is beginning, noting: “We now believe we’re experiencing a new trend in the threat we face.”
MPs heard that 13 plots linked to or inspired by Islamist extremists were foiled between June 2013 and the Westminster Bridge attack in March this year.
She said: “We must do more to defeat ideologies of hatred by turning people’s minds away from violence and towards pluralistic British values.
“We must make sure that these ideologies are not able to flourish in the first place. We must do more to force tech companies to take down terror-related content from their platforms.
“And we must also do more to identify, challenge and stamp out extremism that lurks in our communities.”