Mayor calls for improved efforts to tackle violent extremism in the capital

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is calling for improved and renewed efforts to tackle violent extremism in the capital.

Published: Thursday, 14th March 2019

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is calling for improved and renewed efforts to tackle violent extremism in the capital, after new research found that nearly two-thirds of Londoners would not know how to seek support from the authorities if they were worried about an individual being vulnerable to violent extremism.

Amid the threat from violent Islamist groups – and the growing threat posed by far-right extremists, Sadiq welcomed last week’s announcement by Ministers of an independent review of the Government’s Prevent strategy, one of the early recommendations from the Mayor’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme, following a full and frank assessment by City Hall officials of existing counter-terrorism initiatives in London. Initial findings have shown that significant improvements need to be made to increase trust and transparency among some of London’s communities.

The Mayor launched his Countering Violent Extremism programme as a recognition of the growing threat from extremism and radicalisation that is operating at a heightened scale and pace across the country. This recognition was reflected in the research where 61 per cent of respondents thought that the threat from violent extremism is rising.

The programme’s findings also indicated that while there have been good examples of the government’s initiative preventing vulnerable people from being radicalised, there is evidence which shows there are sections of society that will not engage with the Prevent strategy, and the Mayor is concerned about the impact this could have on people that arguably need this support the most.

In Hounslow, we provide access to statutory workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP3) training for front line staff and practitioners, including GPs, teaching staff and faith leaders, so that they can recognise situations and signs that may lead someone to becoming violently radicalised.

We offer online support to residents and members of our community who may have genuine concerns. Please visit the London Borough of Hounslow ‘Prevent’ page on: www.hounslow.gov.uk/Prevent  for contact numbers and email addresses of staff who can assist.

If residents are concerned about people going abroad to war torn countries or fear an imminent attack might be carried out, they should contact the Anti Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321 or call 999

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities at Hounslow Council said:

“We welcome the Mayors call for more work to be carried out to enable our residents to feel safer, from those who may be radicalised towards terrorism. The Community Partnerships Unit, Prevent and Counter Extremism Unit have been working for the last number of years at a grassroots, community-based level to address all levels of extremism that can lead to radicalisation. We urge any residents with concerns to get in touch with the council’s Prevent team.”

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