Plans for the security services enabling them to step in and disrupt terrorist plots earlier after blunders left terrorists free to commit atrocities in Manchester, at London Bridge and at Westminster have been revealed.
The plan which follows last year’s attack at Manchester Arena which claimed the lives of twenty two people,calls for more focus on “communities where the threat from terrorism and radicalisation is highest”.
The Sunday Times reports that the paper is explicit that “last year’s attacks in London and Manchester highlighted . . . the pace at which plots can move to acts of violence” and declares: “We will disrupt terrorist threats in the UK earlier to take account of the scale of the threat and the speed at which plots are now developing.”
MI5 faced criticism after misinterpreting in the month before the Manchester Arena attack two “highly relevant” pieces of intelligence on the suicide bomber Salman Abedi.
Among the measures being proposed are that spies and police can warn government departments, town hall chiefs and the devolvedadministrations about suspects on their radar before they are deemed dangerous enough to be placed under surveillance by MI5
The introduction of longer prison sentences” for those convicted of terrorist offences and more intensive monitoring when they leave jail and a beefing up of security at sporting and concert venues and detect the “inside threat” of jihadists getting jobs at Britain’s airports