Britain’s most senior police officer said that the police in the UK had thwarted five terror attacks in the last few weeks alone, some of which were “very close” to being executed.
Four Attacks This Year
UK has been targeted by four terror attacks this year alone, three of which happened in London – killing numerous people.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick appeared on the Nick Ferrari show on LBC on Friday. She said a “very large number of plots” have been foiled over the last few years.
When pressed on how many exactly were thwarted, she said that in “just the last few weeks” five had been prevented.
“Overall, I think it is well into the teens in the last couple of years, where we know people were intent on attacking and that has been stopped,” she said.
“In addition, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of arrests of people who are radicalised, and are either spreading hatred or supporting terrorism, or want to carry out a terrorist attack.
“We have had a huge number of successful operations, together with the intelligence agencies and we work very closely with them and with colleagues overseas.”
Minutes Or Seconds
When asked how close pressed the attacks were Ms. Dick suggested that some were prevented within seconds or minutes of execution by the terrorists. “Some of them were very close, we would say, to an attack – very close.” she said.
And when asked to confirm it was “within minutes” of execution Ms. Dick replied “yes.”
The commissioner came out to assure the people that the police are on the ball and aware of most plots and do their best to keep Britain safe. Many were impressed and unaware of the police’s achievements in preventing terrorism in the United Kingdom, creating more trust.