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25 priority areas - 16 are London boroughs
The review of the Government's prevent strategy was released this evening. It is a long document which will need a closer read than I have give it thus far. I was particularly interested in which areas were considered most at risk of producig a terrorist. It was the obvious suspects.
16 of those areas are London Boroughs. Including every east London borough bar the one furthest into Essex.
For 2011/12, following an analysis of all local authority areas across the UK, the 25 priority areas are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):• Barking and Dagenham• Birmingham• Blackburn with Darwen•Bradford• Brent• Camden• Derby• Ealing• Hackney• Hammersmith and Fulham• Haringey• Kensington and Chelsea• Lambeth• Leeds• Leicester• Lewisham• Luton• Manchester• Newham• Redbridge• Stoke-on-Trent• Tower Hamlets• Waltham Forest• Wandsworth• Westminster.
The report touches on right wing terrorism (not on the scale of that plotted by Al Qaeda, by anybody with the training given to Al Qaeda, or the organisation; all 11 men convicted have bee working alone, and on a relatively small scale) , the Sikh and Tamil groups and that they are not such a concern as the irish groups. But the main thrust of the report is the Islamic threat.
I don't think it is enough, and it is long overdue. The Telegraph analysis is here.