Britisk politi arresterter daglig jihadister som utgjør en trussel. De stenger ned 1.000 ekstreme nettsteder i uken. Halvparten av de 600 som har reist til Syria, visste ikke britisk politi om.
Dette var noen av de alarmerende opplysningene visepolitisjef Mark Rowley opplyste da han deltok på Andrew Marrs program på BBC søndag.
Metropolitan assistant commissioner Mark Rowley revealed fanatics were being detained on a daily basis following a sharp rise in arrests because of the growing threat from Islamist jihadists.
Mr Rowley, the country’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, said he had been lobbying Government for additional funding to tackle the threat and there were “indications” that would happen.
He said the greatest danger to the UK were “misfits, criminals and vulnerable” who were being targeted by Isil to carry out atrocities on home soil.
Police are also taking down 1,000 web pages of extremist material every week.
More than 600 British jihadists are believed to have gone to Syria or Iraq and half of them have already returned.
Police were not previously aware of 300 of them, Mr Rowley warned.
Rowley sa noe interessant. Han sa IS er som en sekt. Den forsøker å rekruttere og omvende mennesker til sin sak, og det er mennesker som har falt utenfor på en eller annen måte. De får en stor sak å tro på og kjempe for.
“We are not just dealing with a classic terrorist organisation, organising plots across the world,” he told the BBC Andrew Marr show.
“We are dealing with a group trying to create a corrupt cult of people, of followers who will act in their name.
“They are trying to attract misfits, criminals and the vulnerable. It is these people, not part of the larger organisation who might act of their own volition.
“That is the challenge on us to have good sight of them and intervene with them.”
Bare et spørsmål om tid
Sjefen for MI5, Andrew Parker, sa sist måned at det vil komme et terrorangrep i Storbritannia. Politiet har ikke oversikt og kapasitet til å forhindre alle forsøk. Det blir dermed et spørsmål om tid. En slik visshet, eller gnagende uro, undergraver kampmoralen.
Last month, Andrew Parker, the Director General of MI5, said a terror attack on the UK was almost inevitable because the intelligence agencies and police could not expect to stop every single plot.
And following the terrorist attacks in Sydney and Paris in the last two months, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, warned they could just as easily happen in the UK.
Figures show a total of 327 people were arrested for terrorism offences last year, an increase of a third on the previous year.
They included a sixfold increased in Syria-related arrests from 25 to 165.
Mr Rowley said: “We are disrupting people day in, day out.”
Det høres ut som om britisk politi kappløper med utviklingen og at de begynner å bli andpustne.