Monday 21 August 2017

Theresa May: UK is in grip of copycat terror attacks

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to make a statement in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee following last night's terrorist incident in London. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee following last night's terrorist incident in London. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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Theresa May has warned that Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat terror attacks in the wake of the London Bridge atrocity.

The Prime Minister delivered a stark assessment of the threat facing the UK after seven people were murdered and dozens more injured by three terrorists on Saturday night.

It was the third terrorist outrage to hit the country this year following the Westminster and Manchester attacks.

Speaking outside Downing Street, Mrs May said that although there was no direct link between the three incidents, "terrorism breeds terrorism".

Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to make a statement in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee following last night's terrorist incident in London. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to make a statement in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee following last night's terrorist incident in London. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The PM said: "This is, as we all know, the third terrorist attack Britain has experienced in the last three months.

"In March a similar attack took place just around the corner on Westminster Bridge.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee following last night's terrorist incident in London. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee following last night's terrorist incident in London. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

"Two weeks ago the Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber and now London has been struck once more.

"And at the same time the security and intelligence agencies and police have disrupted five credible plots since the Westminster attack in March.

"In terms of their planning and execution, the recent attacks are not connected but we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face.

"As terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack."

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