'Far-right' extremism a 'serious problem' in UK

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Police stand guard outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London following the Christchurch attack.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The threat posed by 'far-right' terrorists is now as serious as Islamic extremism, a security expert has warned.

Speaking to talkRADIO's Mike Graham, Willl Geddes said: “We have got a serious problem right now with far-right extremists.

“It’s not that we haven't but this threat is becoming far more prevalent and we’ve seen certainly in the last couple of years an increase not only in attacks but also in plots being foiled and it's coming to the same sort of level as Islamic extremism.”

Mr Geddes said there was a “vicious circle” between 'far-right' extremism and Islamic extremism.

He added: “The moronic individuals who think they are achieving anything from this or gaining any ground, actually it is doing the contrary.

“All this is going to do is promote and activate any Islamic extremist cells into feeling they are even more justified and it is potentially going to push even more people who are susceptible to radicalisation across that border.”

It comes as counter-terrorist officers investigate a hammer attack outside a London mosque and a stabbing in Surrey as suspected far-right actions, and detectives investigate criminal damage on five mosques in Birmingham believed to have been carried out with a slegehammer.

The attacks are being treated as linked and West Midlands Police and West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit are yet to establish a motive.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: "Deeply concerning & distressing to see number of mosques have been vandalised in Birmingham overnight."

Outside the mosque on Birmingham's Albert Road, Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said: "This is an abhorrent, despicable act that is clearly designed to create fear in our communities who are actually cherished in Birmingham."

Mr Geddes said: “We have got a serious problem right now with far-right extremists.

“This threat is becoming far more prevalent and we’ve seen certainly in the last couple of years an increase not only in attacks but also in plots being foiled and it's coming to the same sort of level as Islamic extremism.”