Police appeal for public to report extremist content

Katherine Johnston (13 April, 2018) Crime

Extremist right-wing material now accounts for one quarter of content referred to police

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In the fight against terrorism and radicalisation, police are calling on people to report suspicious online content or activity, including far-right material.

The UK’s Counter Terrorist Internet Referral Unit was established in 2010 and, since then, says it has taken down more than 300,000 pieces of terrorist material and provided key evidence and information in 226 counter-terrorism investigations.

Police say the majority of this material relates to Islamist extremism, but in the last year there has been an increase of content related to extreme right-wing ideology, accounting for a quarter of public referrals since March 2017.

Commander Clarke Jarrett, head of the Counter Terrorism Command, said: “It’s vital that if the public see something online they think could be terrorist-related that they act and flag it up to us.

“Our Counter Terrorist Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) has specialist officers who not only take action to get content removed, but also, increasingly, are in a position to look at those behind online content – which is leading to more and more investigations.”

Online terrorist-related material can be reported via http://gov.uk/act

Terry Chappell Seal says:

Tackle the muppets with knifes first. In the days of the Krays. You were seen to be weak if you used weapons instead of your fists. London is so wasted now. Shame as its our capital.

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