Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes said an increasing number of teenagers are being radicalized online, with 19 youths arrested last year. Far-right groups are targeting children in their bedrooms through propaganda videos
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Britain’s top counter-terrorism police have warned boys drawn into right-wing extremism are becoming “significantly younger”.
Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes said an increasing number of teenagers are being radicalized online, with 19 youths arrested last year.
Mr. Jukes said far-right groups were targeting children in their bedrooms through propaganda videos using images taken from violent computer games.
Speaking to reporters at a briefing on Thursday, Mr Jukes said: “It’s a real concern as we continue to see so many young people.”
He said “most significantly” his officers have seen a rise in “self-initiated terrorists”, often described as loners.
“Self-initiators are fundamentally younger than we’ve seen in the past,” said Mr. Jukes.
“Young people are spending a lot of time online, living their lives in that space.”
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The head of counter-terrorism said there are about 800 live terrorism investigations underway at the moment.
“The vast majority of it, about 80 percent, is linked to Islamic extremism, and it remains the main ideological threat we face in our work,” he said.
Since the beginning of 2017, there have been 11 attacks by Islamic extremists.
Some 32 late-stage terrorist plots have been debunked, 18 of which are linked to that ideology and 12 related to right-wing extremism, he added.
The outgoing Met Commissioner described the terrorist threat as a “real and present danger”, which is “constantly changing and evolving”.
Dame Cressida Dick said: “We must not be complacent, the terrorist threat is a real and present danger. As I said, it is constantly changing and evolving. We must be ready to adapt and change our approach to match the threats we face.”
Over the past five years, the country has faced “devastating attacks” but “we have also made great strides to improve our capabilities”, she said.
Dame Cressida said: “I firmly believe that … we are in a good position to deal with and address threats, to deal with and to deal with the risks posed by terrorists under any circumstances. what form or guise we find them in in the months and years to come.”
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