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London's counter-terror Prevent referrals buck UK trend - meeting
BBC News - 03/08/2023 by Jess Warren
Ali Harbi Ali, who murdered Sir David Amess MP in 2021, engaged with Prevent between 2014 and 2015
Most of London's anti-terrorism referrals are for "Islamist activity", bucking a national trend, London's Police and Crime Committee has heard.
Latest figures from Prevent show there were more than three times the number of referrals compared to right-wing extremism, the meeting heard.
London Assembly members were putting questions to the Met Police and the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime.
Met Police Commander Dom Murphy said: "Our focus is where the threat exists."
But in a recent highly critical independent review, Prevent was said to have "apparently failed" repeatedly to identify attackers.
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