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Far-right terrorists are one step ahead of you in UK, police told
The UK’s police and security services remain dangerously ill-equipped to identify and counter the long-term terrorism threat from a new wave of far-right politics, according to researchers who helped head off a plot to assassinate a Labour MP.
Senior security figures including the head of MI5, Andrew Parker; the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, Neil Basu; and the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, have warned that the far-right threat is growing rapidly.
But Hope Not Hate (HNH), whose undercover operative Robbie Mullen exposed the plot to kill Cooper after infiltrating the banned neo-Nazi group National Action (NA), said the security services and police were failing to keep up with potential terrorists.
“They don’t know where the threat is coming from and don’t know where to find it, and then they lump in what they think is a threat from the far left,” said Matthew Collins, a research director at HNH, who was also Mullen’s handler.
Jack Renshaw, the white supremacist who planned to kill the Labour MP Rosie Cooper. Photograph: BBC
After the effective destruction of NA – which was the first far-right group to be banned in Britain since the second world war – HNH warned of the long-term threat from a young generation of violent neo-Nazis who have emerged from splits in the far right.
The charity cited groups such as the Sonnenkrieg (Sun war) Division, which HNH described as the third generation of NA.
“The far-right terror threat has always been there. People in groups like C18 have always had sick dreams and fantasies of killing black and Asian people, but they rarely went and did it because they didn’t want to die themselves or go to prison for a long time,” said Collins.
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