“Terror-related crime ‘stretches police’ – Scotland Yard,” BBC, October 17, 2014 (thanks to Joeb):
Police are being “stretched” by an “exceptionally high” number of inquiries into Islamist-related extremism, Scotland Yard has said.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley also said “dozens” of UK families had sought police help in stopping relatives travelling to Syria.
He spoke of a “step-change” in counter-terrorism as foreign conflicts such as the one in Syria attract UK nationals.
Mr Rowley said the challenge for police would “run for years”.
No kidding, really?
There have been 218 terrorism-related arrests in the England, Scotland and Wales this year, with 16 people charged with alleged extremist activity in Syria.
Scotland Yard said the volume, range and pace of counter-terrorism activity had changed dramatically as conflicts in Syria and other countries drew in people from the UK.
Mr Rowley – Scotland Yard head of counter-terrorism – added that the threat featured a “new dimension”, amid growing fears over the influence of Islamic State (IS).
He said officers were foiling several attack plots each year, including what he describes as “complex conspiracies” and “spontaneous yet deadly attacks”.
He added that in some cases police had acted early, even if that meant there was no prosecution.
“There are some different dynamics today, where we have an increasing number of people who weren’t previously on the terrorism radar being attracted by an ideology they see on social media,” he said.
Earlier this year, counter-terrorism police chiefs appealed to Muslim women to persuade relatives not to go to Syria to fight – about 500 Britons are known to have travelled there to get involved in the conflict.
That campaign prompted campaigners to question if the police were trusted to get their message across.
Notice how for the BBC, and for the dhimmi British authorities, the onus is entirely upon the police. No one stops and says, Why aren’t these “moderates” who profess to abhor the Islamic State and reject its theology stepping up to stop Muslims from going to Syria to join it?