Britain’s counter-terrorism hotline received 1,350 calls between Oct. 7 and Oct. 25, more than twice the number it recorded in the same period in 2022.
Calls to Britain’s counter-terrorism hotline have more than doubled since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, triggering a massive retaliatory strike into the Gaza Strip.
The Metropolitan Police said between Oct. 7 and Oct. 25, the hotline received 1,350 reports—more than twice the number in the same period last year.
The number of reports with information which was useful to counter-terrorism investigators went up to 200, a fourfold increase.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “Sadly, history tells us that events overseas can inspire or accelerate acts of violence much closer to home. We are working day and night with our partners to monitor the threat picture.”
He said: “We’re acutely aware of the energising effect the conflict could have on those with extremist or terrorist intent. With that in mind, our counter-terrorism units across the country are reviewing their casework and checking that operational police activity is as effective as it can be to keep people safe.”
Public Support is ‘Critical’
Mr. Taylor said the public’s support was “critical” to their work and he said, “There is a real willingness from our communities to tell us about their concerns.”
He thanked those who have contacted the police with their concerns.
The national counter-terrorism squad that monitors material online has also seen an increase, with nearly 2,000 made by the public since Oct. 7, 350 of which required further investigation to see if the content flagged up breaking the law.
The Met have urged people to remain vigilant in London and elsewhere as the risk of a terrorist attack remains high going into the Christmas and New Year period.
Mr. Taylor said: “The coming months are filled with brilliant events and activities, where people will be coming together to enjoy the festive season. Sadly, we have seen before that terrorists can view these as attractive targets. Our message is simple, stay alert and trust your instincts.”