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UK's terror fight 'puts unsustainable strain on police'

The UK’s counter-terrorism effort is putting an “unsustainable strain” on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said. Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing in England and Wales, leading to backlogs in control rooms and slower response times. She added “this puts extra strain on an already-stretched service”. The Home Office said it was working with police on the demands they faced. So far in 2017 there have been five terror attacks in the UK, killing 36 people. What powers do…

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Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content

Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content, Prime Minister Theresa May is to tell the United Nations. She will urge social networks and search engines to act when she addresses the general assembly. Mrs May will also host a meeting with other world leaders and firms including Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. Separately, tech giant Google has said it will give a total of £1m to fund counter-terrorism projects in the UK. Google launches UK ‘anti-terror fund’ Politicians take on the internet over extremism The prime minister…

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Parsons Green: UK terror threat increased to critical after Tube bomb

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK terror threat has been increased to its highest level following the attack on a Tube train in south-west London, the prime minister has said. Theresa May said the threat had been raised from severe to critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently. An “improvised explosive device” was detonated at Parsons Green station on a District Line train from Wimbledon. A hunt is under way for the person who placed the bomb, with so-called Islamic State saying it was behind the attack….

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Neo-Nazi arrests: UK soldiers charged with terror offences

Three men, including two British soldiers, have been charged under terror laws with being members of a banned neo-Nazi group. Alexander Deakin, 22, Mikko Vehvilainen, 32, and Mark Barrett, 24, have been charged with being members of National Action. It was the first far-right group to be banned by the Home Office in 2016. They are among five men arrested on 5 September. Two others have since been released without charge. Arrests ‘intelligence-led’ Mr Deakin from Birmingham, Mr Vehvilainen, based at Sennybridge Camp in Brecon, and Mr Barrett, based at…

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NHS warns on social media trolls during terror attacks

Guidelines to staff, terror attack victims and their families to warn them about the risks of using socal media have been issued by NHS England. The guide cautions that internet trolls may subject victims to “vile and upsetting abuse”, as was seen after the Manchester and London terror attacks. It also warns people to be wary of journalists, who monitor social media. But it adds that social media can also play a positive role in helping victims and families after attacks. For example, it points out that coverage can help…

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Dutch gig cancelled over terror tip-off

A rock concert in the Dutch city of Rotterdam has been cancelled and a van containing gas canisters found nearby after a tip-off from Spanish police, the city’s mayor says. The driver of the Spain-registered van was detained by police, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told journalists. The Maassilo venue said a gig by US band Allah-Las had been cancelled in connection with a terror threat. Mr Aboutaleb said it was not clear if the van and the threat were linked. The driver of the van was arrested on Mijnsherenlaan and taken…

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Barcelona attack: Government says terror cell dismantled

The terror cell behind the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead has been dismantled, Spain’s Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says. “The cell has been fully dismantled in Barcelona, after examining the people who died, the people who were arrested and carrying out identity checks,” he told a news conference. But the regional Catalan government said there could be further arrests. A key suspect linked to the Barcelona attack and a later one is still sought. Thursday’s attack in the Catalan capital saw a van driven at high…

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