Nineteen major terrorist attack plots on the UK have been foiled in the last two years, the Home Secretary said today.
Fourteen of the planned attacks were Islamist – and the other five were “motivated by extreme right-wing ideologies”, Sajid Javid said.
“Despite this impressive work, the tempo of terrorist activity is increasing,” he added.
It comes after police said in January that 18 terror plots had been thwarted in the previous two years.
Today the Home Secretary warned the breadth of attacks worldwide, from the London Bridge attacks in 2017 to recent bombings that killed Brits and others in Sri Lanka, showed “we are all potential victims”.
He added: “When it comes to security, no country is truly an island.
“We have seen how quickly dangerous ideologies from Islamism to extreme populism and nationalism can sweep across countries and continents.”
Mr Javid unveiled the latest total in a speech on the “darker side” of terror, security and crime.
He said since taking the job a year ago, he has “personally signed several thousands warrants, day and night” in decisions that “can mean the difference between life and death”.
Mr Javid was also due today to outline plans to ban UK nationals from travelling to parts of Syria.
He gave the speech to spy chiefs and counter-terrorism experts setting out how he wants new powers to be used.
Addressing the rise of Islamist violence, he said: “For Muslims it’s painful to see how the religion of our parents and our grandparents is often misunderstood and misrepresented.
“Twisted by extremists on all sides so they can sow the seeds of division and violence.
“But we are better and bigger than that.”
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act, which became law earlier this year, created a new power allowing the Home Secretary to ban UK citizens from going to or remaining in specific designated areas.
Mr Javid was expected to say: “I’ve asked my officials to work closely with the police and intelligence agencies to urgently review the case for exercising this power in relation to Syria, with a particular focus on Idlib and the North East.
“So anyone who is in these areas without a legitimate reason should be on notice.”
Revealing how officers and agents have blocked would-be ISIS recruits from jetting off to wage jihad, he was due to add: “The police and security services have worked tirelessly to identify those intending to travel overseas and join Daesh (ISIS).
“They have seized passports at the border and prevented them from leaving the country and, along with concerned friends, families and public-sector colleagues, they have directed hundreds of at-risk individuals to support our Prevent programmes to turn them away from terrorism.”
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