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Counter Terrorism Policing's response to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation's new report - 'The Terrorism Acts in 2017'

10 Oct 2018

Counter Terrorism Policing's response to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation's new report - 'The Terrorism Acts in 2017': 1-95

Today, Wednesday 10 October 2018, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Max Hill QC, published his final annual report on the operation of the Terrorism Acts in 2017. 

Below is the CT Policing response to that report, which can be found here.

The head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations (ACSO) Neil Basu, said: "We welcome Max Hill QC's review and are considering his recommendations, which reflect upon the dreadful attacks of 2017 and how the police and others have used terrorism legislation to counter the unprecedented threat.

"In his report published today, Wednesday 10 October, he recognises the growing scale of that threat, noting significant increases in arrests, trials and convictions since the beginning of 2017.

"I am proud to see our national CT Network praised for its interoperability and the speed at which we are able to respond to dynamic investigations, with Mr Hill acknowledging that the UK 'benefits from policing and intelligence work which successfully disrupts terrorism-related activity almost every time'.

"Despite ever-increasing demand upon our officers, it is clear that we are using our powers proportionately to effectively combat terrorism in all of its guises and our use of the existing legislation to counter a growing threat from the extreme far right is also praised in the report.

"On behalf of CTP I would like to offer my thanks to Mr Hill for his tenure as Independent Reviewer of Terrorist Legislation; and thank him for the work he has carried out alongside police and our partners to ensure that the UK can continue to say we have a counter terrorism network that is truly a world-leader."