British police have managed to stop five new terror attacks over the last few weeks, some of which were described as ‘very close to being carried out.’
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told LBC Radio that a ‘very large number of plots had been uncovered and prevented during the last few years.’
When asked to reveal exactly how many attacks have been thwarted, she said that in ‘just the last few weeks,’ five had been averted.
‘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.’
After being pressed by presenter Nick Ferarri on how far-progressed the planned attacks were, Ms Dick suggested some of them were within minutes of being executed by terrorists.
‘Some of them were very close, we would say, to an attack – very close,’ was all she would reveal.
When asked if they were ‘within minutes’ of being carried out, Ms Dick chillingly replied;
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