As Britain is forced to arrest people for terror-related activities almost every day, officials have given new estimates that the number of “committed Islamists” flooding the country may be as high as 10,000, according to a Breitbart report.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu released a statement on Friday. In it, he attempted to “reassure the public” that police continue to combat terrorism. Regarding counter terrorism investigations, Basu said, “Activity continues around the clock to identify and stop these threats and we are making arrests on a near daily basis.”
Basu paid tribute to the men and women “who are doing that work to keep us safe” and to commend their bravery. He went on to say, “I would like to reassure everyone that across the country, officers are working round the clock to identify those people who intend to commit acts of terror.”
The statement came after what Basu refers to as an“extraordinary day” in which two counter terrorism investigations were opened within 24 hours.
In one, police stopped and searched a man in Whitehall carrying a rucksack. They apprehended him after they found it filled with knives.
In a separate incident, officers entered an address that had been under observation as part of a Counter Terrorism investigation.
“An armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence that we were dealing with, and involved armed officers firing CS into the address,” Basu said in the statement.
During the operation, a woman was shot by police.
Multiple reports say that British counter-terrorism police had thwarted an active plot.
Basu also alluded to the “horrors in London” on March 22, referencing the deadly stabbing of Police Constable Keith Palmer by a radicalized Muslim, who also drove into several pedestrians in Westminster.
The daily arrest announcement comes as Anthony Gleeson, the director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, announced estimates that a possible 6,000 – 10,000 extremists are living in Britain.
In addition, Gleeson stated, “About 1,000 young British Muslims have left the freedom of the UK to travel to the Middle East and become murderous foot soldiers of Islamic State. Of that large group, 400 are believed to have returned. Only a tiny fraction – fewer than ten – have ever been brought to justice for their treachery.”
Gleeson recommends security services officers should be expanded to 10,000, up from 3,800. He also says that Theresa May’s “useless” Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) be dropped and that Control Orders “in even tougher form” should be returned. Control Orders restrict an individual’s rights in order to protect the public at large from a risk of terrorism.
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