PM: Tragic killings a 'wake-up call' to tackle extremisim

David Cameron said the killing of soldier Lee Rigby and the murder of Mohammed Saleem by an Islamophobic extremist were "wake-up calls" for the government to take action against extremism.

This summer we saw events that shocked the nation with the horrific killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and murder of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham.

These tragedies were a wake-up call for Government and wider society to take action to confront extremism in all its forms, whether in our communities, schools, prisons, Islamic centres or universities.

I have been absolutely clear that this is not something we should be afraid to address for fear of cultural sensitivities. We have already put in place some of the toughest terrorism prevention controls in the democratic world, but we must work harder to defeat the radical views which lead some people to embrace violence.

The taskforce I set up has proposed a broad range of measures to counter the extremist narrative and I will make sure they are taken forward.

– David Cameron

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Measures to tackle extremism

New measures to tackle hate preachers and extremist websites have been proposed by a taskforce set up by Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby at Woolwich barracks.