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Police chief Warns: UK 'a breeding ground' for jihadist terrorists
Isolated communities, segregation and unregulated schooling create ideal conditions for fostering extremism, says Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu
by Ryan Wilkinson
Isolated communities, segregation and unregulated schooling in the UK are a “breeding ground” for extremism and future jihadists, a counter-terrorism police chief has warned.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said there was a “definite problem” of second-generation Britons who became radicalised through the “very toxic combination” of isolation and extremist online content.
Police are dealing with nearly 600 active investigations after a “summer like no other” that saw major attacks in Manchester and London that left dozens of people dead and more than 200 injured, he said.
The attacks led to a “massive spike” in the number of calls to the national terrorism hotline, trebling the number of leads.
Meanwhile the number of new investigations launched since March has surged by 75% to 65, while police have foiled five attacks.
Security services currently have 3,000 open “subjects of interest”, while there are 20,000 previous subjects of interest, Mr Basu said, warning: “Those numbers are just going to keep increasing.”