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Manchester Arena bomber should have been identified as threat, inquiry finds

Report into May 2017 tragedy says there were missed opportunities to prevent or minimise ‘devastating impact’ of Salman Abedi’s attack The Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi should have been identified as a security threat on the night of the attack, a public inquiry has found.Sir John Saunders, chair of the inquiry, found there were “serious shortcomings” and a number of missed opportunities by those in charge of security to prevent the May 2017 attack. Saunders said he considered it ...
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Manchester Arena attacker should have been identified as threat, inquiry finds

Report into May 2017 tragedy says there were missed opportunities to prevent or minimise ‘devastating impact’ of Salman Abedi’s attack The Manchester Arena suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, should have been identified as a threat on the night of the attack by those in charge of security, a public inquiry into the May 2017 attack has found.In his report examining security arrangements at the venue where 22 people were murdered and hundreds were injured at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, the inqu...
Tags: UK News, Manchester, UK security and counter-terrorism, Manchester Arena, John Saunders, Manchester Arena attack, Salman Abedi


Ransomware is biggest online threat to people in UK, spy agency chief to warn

GCHQ cybersecurity boss sounds alarm over extortion by hackers who are mostly based in former Soviet statesRansomware represents the biggest threat to online security for most people and businesses in the UK, the head of GCHQ’s cybersecurity arm is to warn.Lindy Cameron, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, will say in a speech that the phenomenon, where hackers encrypt data and demand payment for it to be restored, is escalating and becoming increasingly professionalised. Cont...
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, Internet, Gchq, UK News, Cybercrime, Hacking, UK security and counter-terrorism, National Cyber Security Centre, Lindy Cameron


Neo-Nazi student found guilty of terror and hate offences

While studying politics at Aberystwyth University, Andrew Dymock promoted a group aiming to ‘stir up a race war’A neo-Nazi student who promoted an extremist organisation that was later banned as a terror group has been found guilty of terror and hate offences.Andrew Dymock used online platforms to raise money for System Resistance Network (SRN), one of a number of groups that sought to fill a gap after the far-right group National Action (NA) was proscribed in 2016. Continue reading...
Tags: Crime, UK News, UK security and counter-terrorism, The far right, Nazi, Aberystwyth University, Andrew Dymock, National Action NA, System Resistance Network SRN


Neo-Nazi student guilty of terrorism and hate offences

While studying politics at Aberystwyth University, Andrew Dymock promoted a group aiming to ‘stir up a race war’, trial heardA neo-Nazi student who promoted an extremist organisation that was later banned as a terrorist group has been found guilty of terrorism and hate offences.Andrew Dymock used online platforms to raise money for System Resistance Network (SRN), one of a number of groups that sought to take over after the far-right group National Action (NA) was proscribed in 2016. Continue re...
Tags: Crime, Wales, UK News, UK security and counter-terrorism, The far right, Nazi, Aberystwyth University, Andrew Dymock, National Action NA, System Resistance Network SRN


G7 security preparations in Cornwall – in pictures

Ahead of the G7 summit starting on Friday, 5,000 mutual aid officers have arrived in the area from police forces across the UK. They will join 1,500 officers and staff from Devon and Cornwall police being deployed at the event.More than 100 police dogs will be working at the summit, though no police horses are due to be there Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, UK, Police, UK News, World news, UK security and counter-terrorism, Cornwall, Devon, G7


Neo-Nazi ex-Ukip member found guilty of terrorism offences

Police raid of Dean Morrice’s home found stockpile of chemicals and cache of terrorism manualsA former Ukip member and British army employee has been found guilty of a range of terror and explosive charges.Dean Morrice ran a Telegram channel that prosectors said had “unapologetically, unambiguously pumped out” neo-Nazi propaganda that encouraged the killing of people of colour and Jewish people. Continue reading...
Tags: Crime, Law, UK News, UK security and counter-terrorism, Ukip, The far right, Telegram, Morrice, Dean Morrice, Neo Nazi ex Ukip


Police ‘flabbergasted’ at time it took London Bridge terrorist to die, inquest hears

Usman Khan was shot at 20 times by firearms officers after killing Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones in 2019Police have told an inquest they were “flabbergasted” when the convicted terrorist Usman Khan, who was shot to death on London Bridge in 2019, survived the first few shots.Khan killed 25-year-old Jack Merritt and 23-year-old Saskia Jones at a rehabilitation conference in Fishmongers’ Hall on 29 November 2019. He was chased on to London Bridge and shot at 20 times in two spells, eight minutes a...
Tags: London, Police, UK News, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Khan, Metropolitan Police, London Bridge, Usman Khan, Jack Merritt, Saskia Jones, London Bridge terror attack 2019


GCHQ’s mass data interception violated right to privacy, court rules

Human rights judgment follows legal challenge begun in 2013 after Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelationsGCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of online communications violated the right to privacy and the regime for collection of data was “not in accordance with the law”, the grand chamber of the European court of human rights has ruled.It also found the bulk interception regime contained insufficient protections for confidential journalistic material but said the decision to operate a bulk ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Gchq, UK News, Edward Snowden, UK security and counter-terrorism, European Court Of Human Rights


GCHQ’s mass data-sharing violated right to privacy, court rules

Judgment follows legal challenge begun in 2013 after Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelationsGCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of online communications violated the right to privacy and the regime for collection of data was “not in accordance with the law”, the grand chamber of the European court of human rights has ruled.It also found the bulk interception regime contained insufficient protections for confidential journalistic material but said the decision to operate a bulk interception ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Gchq, UK News, Edward Snowden, UK security and counter-terrorism, European Court Of Human Rights


Far-right attack inevitable, warns informant who identified London nail bomber

Undercover agent who identified 1999 attacker says police are failing to keep pace with online spread of extreme ideologyAn undercover informant who identified the man behind Britain’s deadliest far-right attack has warned that a similar atrocity is inevitable due to the spread of extreme ideology online.The mole, codenamed “Arthur”, told his handler, who then informed the police, that David Copeland was behind a series of attacks that killed three and injured more than 100 over a bombing campai...
Tags: London, Police, UK News, Britain, UK security and counter-terrorism, The far right, Bnp, London nail bombs, David Copeland


Ex-soldiers formally acquitted of 1972 murder of Official IRA leader

Veterans’ trial in Belfast collapses after exclusion of statements about shooting of Joe McCann in 1972Two former paratroopers accused of the murder of an Official IRA leader have been formally acquitted after prosecutors offered no further evidence at their trial.The veterans’ trial at Belfast crown court collapsed after the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) confirmed it would not appeal against a decision by Mr Justice O’Hara to exclude statements given by the ex-soldiers about the shooting of ...
Tags: UK News, Northern Ireland, UK security and counter-terrorism, Belfast, Ira, Public Prosecution Service PPS, Joe Mccann, Official IRA, Mr Justice O'Hara


People with dyslexia have skills that we need, says GCHQ

UK surveillance agency says it has long valued neuro-diverse analysts – including Alan Turing Apprentices on GCHQ’s scheme are four times more likely to have dyslexia than those on other organisations’ programmes, the agency has said, the result of a drive to recruit those whose brains process information differently.GCHQ says those with dyslexia have valuable skills spotting patterns that others miss – a key area the spy agency wants to encourage as it pivots away from dead letter drops and bug...
Tags: UK, Technology, Education, Gchq, UK News, Dyslexia, UK security and counter-terrorism, Data and computer security, Apprenticeships, Vocational Education, Alan Turing Apprentices


UK government to unveil registration scheme to tackle foreign spies

Boris Johnson likely to announce proposal, including Official Secrets Act update, in Queen’s speechBritain plans to force those working for foreign governments to sign a central register in an attempt to counter hostile spy activity, the Home Office has confirmed.Boris Johnson, according to the Times, hopes to formally announce the proposal in the Queen’s speech next month, making it a criminal offence not to declare work in the UK on behalf of a foreign government. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Russia, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Boris Johnson, Espionage, Times, Queen's Speech, Official Secrets Act, Sergei Skripal


Security services and police to face questions over London Bridge attacker

Inquest will ask if deaths of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones at hands of convicted terrorist Usman Khan could have been preventedThe security services and police are to face questions over whether they missed the chance to stop a convicted terrorist out on licence with an electronic tag who stabbed two people to death.On Monday, the inquests open into the deaths of Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who were killed in the November 2019 attack at Fishmongers hall, near London Bridge at a pris...
Tags: Police, UK News, UK security and counter-terrorism, London Bridge, Usman Khan, Jack Merritt, Saskia Jones


Murder of Kremlin critic in London ‘was made to look like suicide’

Nikolai Glushkov was strangled by assailant who then wrapped dog lead around his neck, inquest told The prominent Kremlin critic Nikolai Glushkov was strangled at his home in south-west London by an unknown assailant who wrapped a dog lead around his neck in a crude attempt to “simulate” the appearance of suicide, an inquest heard.Glushkov’s body was discovered on 12 March 2018 at his suburban home in New Malden. His daughter Natalia Glushkova told the hearing that she and Glushkov’s partner, De...
Tags: Europe, London, Russia, UK News, World news, UK security and counter-terrorism, New Malden, Kremlin, Nikolai Glushkov, Glushkov, Natalia Glushkova, Denis Trushin


Watchdog steps in over secrecy about UK women in Syria stripped of citizenship

Exclusive: Home Office refusal to disclose how many women are in same position as Shamima Begum prompts actionThe Home Office’s refusal to disclose the number of women who, like Shamima Begum, have been deprived of their British citizenship after travelling to join Islamic State is under investigation by the information commissioner.The watchdog said it would step in after the government refused to share the data with a human rights group concerned about the conditions of British women and child...
Tags: Gender, Politics, UK, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Freedom Of Information, Information commissioner, Shamima Begum, north east Syria


GCHQ releases 'most difficult puzzle ever' in honour of Alan Turing

12 riddles linked to new £50 note featuring the codebreaker may take seven hours to crackGCHQ has released its “most difficult puzzle ever”, a set of 12 riddles linked to design elements of the new £50 note featuring the mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing.The questions begin with a relatively straightforward crossword-style puzzle that starts by asking where GCHQ’s predecessor agency, where Turing worked, was based during the second world war. A two-word answer, nine letters then four, is...
Tags: Gchq, UK News, LGBT rights, UK security and counter-terrorism, Alan Turing, Turing


Neo-Nazi groups use Instagram to recruit young people, warns Hope Not Hate

Campaigners call platform ‘a fertile recruitment ground’ and say it must take urgent action to protect childrenInstagram has become a hub for young neo-Nazis to recruit young people to far-right groups, a report from an anti-racism group has warned.The recommendations-driven platform and focus on visual media make it ideal for spreading propaganda, Hope Not Hate (HNH) said in its annual State of Hate assessment. Continue reading...
Tags: Crime, Instagram, Social Media, UK News, UK security and counter-terrorism, The far right, Hope Not Hate


IRA Brighton bomber 'scouted Labour conference seven years earlier'

Patrick Magee says he was in IRA team that visited town in 1977 to potentially target government figuresThe IRA bomber who almost wiped out Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative cabinet in 1984 secretly scouted a Labour party conference in Brighton seven years earlier, he has disclosed.Patrick Magee surveilled the Brighton conference centre in October 1977 when the IRA sought to hit back at the then Labour government for its policies in Northern Ireland. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Margaret Thatcher, Labour, Northern Ireland, Brighton, UK security and counter-terrorism, Ira, Northern Ireland Continue, Patrick Magee, IRA Brighton


MI5 policy allowing agents to commit serious crimes ruled lawful

Human rights groups indicate they will seek to take case to supreme court after appeal court judgmentMI5’s partially secret policy of allowing agents to participate in serious crimes in pursuit of intelligence was legal, three court of appeal judges have concluded.The judges held on Tuesday that MI5 was “not above the law” because the long-established power did not equate to an immunity from prosecution, in the latest step in a long-running legal case brought by four human rights groups. Continu...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Scotland, UK News, UK security and counter-terrorism, MI5, Court of appeal, Espionage


Irish republican says violence is counter-productive

Killings turn people away from cause, says former hardline leader Des DaltonA leading political voice in Irish dissident republicanism has urged all the armed paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland to call ceasefires and end their violence.Des Dalton, the former president of the ideologically hardline Republican Sinn Féin, has become the first figure to emerge from dissident republican groups to advise those like him opposed to the Good Friday agreement that “armed struggle” should be suspended...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK security and counter-terrorism, Sinn Féin, Ira, Northern Irish politics, Republican, Brexit, Continuity IRA, Republican Sinn Fein, Good Friday Agreement, Lyra McKee


Irish dissident republican urges armed groups to forgo violence

Killings turn people away from cause, says former hardline leader Des DaltonA leading political voice in Irish dissident republicanism has urged all the armed paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland to call ceasefires and end their violence.Des Dalton, the former president of the ideologically hardline Republican Sinn Féin, has become the first figure to emerge from dissident republican groups to advise those like him opposed to the Good Friday agreement that “armed struggle” should be suspended...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK security and counter-terrorism, Sinn Féin, Ira, Northern Irish politics, Republican, Brexit, Continuity IRA, Republican Sinn Fein, Good Friday Agreement, Lyra McKee


MI5 involvement in drone project revealed in paperwork slip-up

Exclusive: Document produced by university cited agency as secret funder of researchFor an agency devoted to secrecy and surveillance, it is an embarrassing slip-up. An inadvertent disclosure on a university document has revealed that MI5 is partly behind what was meant to be a covert bug and drone research project.Ostensibly, Imperial College’s research was to create a quadcopter system for charging remote agricultural sensors – but MI5’s participation has emerged because somebody involved stat...
Tags: Technology, Education, UK News, Higher Education, UK security and counter-terrorism, MI5, Espionage, Imperial College London, Drones (non-military, Ostensibly Imperial College


'There is no bomb': what I learned taking a polygraph test

As the government plans to extend the use of lie detectors to terrorism and domestic abuse, our science editor puts himself in the hot seat“Did you plant the bomb?” It’s not a question I’ve been asked before but I’m comfortable enough denying it. Truth is – I didn’t plant a bomb. I planted a pretend bomb – a shoebox filled with webcams and wires – and I’m relying on my physiology to share the pedantic, but surely relevant, distinction. “No,” I answer. There is no bomb.I’ve been told to look stra...
Tags: Science, Law, Society, UK News, Domestic Violence, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amanda


Kremlin agents targeting Russians in UK, MI5 warns

Britain is alert to interest being shown in certain individuals, agent tells Sky NewsMI5 has quietly stepped up the security protection offered to potential Kremlin targets living in the UK in the aftermath of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in 2018.The security agency warned that the Russian state continues to take “quite an active interest” in a handful of individuals in the UK, prompting the need to take more active measures involving the police and other agencies. Cont...
Tags: Europe, UK, Russia, UK News, Britain, UK security and counter-terrorism, MI5, Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, Salisbury, Sergei, Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal, Novichok poisonings, Sky NewsMI5


UK's anti-terror chief urges rights groups not to boycott Prevent review

Neil Basu says move to protest appointment of William Shawcross could harm processBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Britons being rad...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


UK's anti-terror chief fears rights group boycott threatens Prevent review

Neil Basu says move to protest appointment of William Shawcross could harm processBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Britons being rad...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


UK's top counter-terror officer backs Prevent amid row over review

Neil Basu urges rights groups not to boycott process led by Priti Patel’s pick, William ShawcrossBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Br...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


Manchester police warned in 2016 over terrorism strategy, arena inquiry hears

Inspectorate found majority of force duty officers ‘felt ill-equipped’ to deal with terror incidentGreater Manchester police were warned about shortcomings in their terrorism response plans six months before the Manchester Arena bombing, the public inquiry into the attack has been told.The hearing heard on Monday how the police inspectorate outlined a number of concerns it had identified, as part of a national review, in a November 2016 “hot debrief” with GMP’s counter-terrorism lead, assistant ...
Tags: Police, UK News, Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK security and counter-terrorism, GMP, Manchester Arena, Manchester Arena attack, Catherine Hankinson