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Police could get new powers to question freed terrorists

Police could get new powers to question freed terrorists in wake of London Bridge attack in which a former jihadi prisoner killed two people

  • Officers will be allowed to search a released terrorist’s home without warning
  • Comes amid efforts to prevent an attack such as in London Bridge last year
  • Police and security services are preparing for the release of 100 terrorists 

Police will be able to arrest and search freed terrorists at a moment’s notice, according to plans due to be rushed into law next year.

Officers will be allowed to enter and search a released terrorist’s home without any evidence just to check up on them.

It comes amid renewed efforts to prevent further terrorism following the London Bridge and Streatham attacks, reported the Telegraph.

The new move aims to make terrorists think twice about hiding concealed weapons and to prevent offenders from striking again once they are freed from prison.

Police and security services are preparing for the release of 100 convicted terrorists, some as early as next month.    

Officers will be allowed to enter and search a released terrorist’s home without any evidence just to check up on them. Pictured, a bystander using a narwhal tusk to attack terrorist

Jonathan Hall QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, recently investigated the supervision of freed terrorists and found there were gaps that let Usman Khan travel to London before killing two Cambridge graduates.

Khan was allowed to travel to London with knives stashed under his clothing. 

One senior source told the newspaper there would likely be human rights issues, but that they are released terrorist prisoners so ‘you can go a lot further than with ordinary members of the public’.

They added: ‘Someone released on licence is effectively serving their sentence. Yes, the person is at liberty and no longer in prison, but they are still a released prisoner and subject to controls.’

Usman Khan (pictured) travelled to London before killing two Cambridge graduates in last year's London Bridge attack

Usman Khan (pictured) travelled to London before killing two Cambridge graduates in last year’s London Bridge attack

Khan lies on the ground as a police photographer records the scene following a terror attack on London Bridge

Khan lies on the ground as a police photographer records the scene following a terror attack on London Bridge

The ‘powers of premises and personal search’ and ‘new urgent arrest power’ were proposed by security minister James Brokenshire.  

Police can currently only search a freed terrorist if there is suspicion or evidence of a threat and there is a two-hour delay for arrest as officers have to get authorisation from the Ministry of Justice.  

Among those expected to be released is Britain’s youngest Isis supporter, who plotted to behead police at an Anzac Day parade aged 14.

Others who could be back on the streets include two friends who received weapons training in Syria, a Londoner who downloaded terrorist manuals with assassination instructions and a man who wanted to join Isis to marry a nine-year-old girl.

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