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Cameron: Terror threat still 'as real as it is deadly'

The wreckage of a bomb attack on the number 30 bus in Tavistock Square on 7 July 2005. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned that the threat from terrorism remains "as real as it is deadly", as the UK marks ten years since bomb attacks killed 52 people in London.

In a statement, the Prime Minister - who will attend services across the capital later - called the attacks "one of the deadliest terrorist atrocities on mainland Britain".

He added that the recent murder of 30 "innocent Britons" in Tunisia was a "brutal reminder" of the threat still faced, adding: "But we will never be cowed by terrorism."

We will keep on doing all that we can to keep the British public safe, protecting vulnerable young minds from others’ extremist beliefs and promoting the shared values of tolerance, love and respect that make Britain so great.

– David Cameron


Met terror chief: UK faces threat of 'wicked cult'

The UK's counter-terrorism chief has spoken about how terror threats have evolved in the ten years since 7/7 - noting the "mew challenge" of tackling radical groups like Islamic State.

Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told UK Editor Rohit Kachroo: "What we have today is a much looser organisation that's trying to create a cult... it's a wicked cult that's trying to generate a following of people who will act in their name".

"For us there's a new challenge, we're not just trying to target those people looking to inspire and direct others..we've also got to try and capture those who are being influenced", he said.

He added: "Last year was the busiest we've ever had, we were making an arrest a day in the counter-terrorism network across the country.

"Under 20-year-olds made up 1 in 6 of those, women and girls were 1 in 9 of those, that's indicative of a reach of terrorism into different places than we've seen before".


MI5 chief: 'Step-change' after 7/7 thwarted plane bombs plot

Andrew Parker said 7/7 is a reminder of the 'reality of what MI5 is striving every day to prevent'.

The head of MI5 has said "a step-change" in the UK's counter terrorism defences in the wake of 7/7 helped prevent "Al Qaeda’s most ambitious plot".

Andrew Parker, Director General of the security service, said: "A year later we detected and, with partner agencies, prevented Al Qaeda’s most ambitious plot - to bring down multiple airliners on US cities using liquid bombs on flights from London.

"Thousands would have died. I’m not sure we would have detected it without the uplift that followed 7/7".

He added: "These and other appalling acts are attempted by individuals who have grown up here but decided for whatever twisted reasons to identify their own country as the enemy.

"They are a tiny fraction of the population. But the continuing fact that some people, born in the UK, with all the opportunities and freedoms that modern Britain offers, can nonetheless make those sorts of warped choices presents a serious societal and security challenge."

He added that the "terrible events" which killed 52 people in 2005 are "enduring reminders of the reality of what MI5 is striving every day to prevent".

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