Terrorism prevention: What can we do?

Photo Credit: West Midlands Police from West Midlands, United Kingdom

Terrorism fears have risen in the North West ever since the Manchester bombing in 2017. 

Figen Murray, mother of Manchester bombing’s victim Martyn Hett, is working on Martyn’s law, to enforce bag checks at venues. 

Figen has been studying Counter Terrorism at the University of Central Lancashire.

In an interview with Uclan Live, she said: “Unfortunately, some people are radicalised and take this discontentment to another level.” 

Hashem Abedi, the brother of Salman – the terrorist who committed the bombing – is currently in court facing terrorism charges. 

The most recent case of terrorism in the UK has been the Fishmonger’s Hall stabbing, when Usman Khan stabbed two people to death in the centre of London.

Figen said: “I cannot believe that somebody at the age of 22/23 sticks a 40-kilo rucksack full of explosives on his back, walks over a bridge, and says I’m doing the right thing for my cousin.

“No one in their right mind would do that.”

Lancashire police state the risk of international terrorism in the United Kingdom is substantial and they have a strategy in place called “CONTEST.”

This strategy works to respond to ideological threat, draw individuals away from terrorism, and working with institutions for prevention – including the education sector.

Andrew Ibrahim was a City of Bristol College student in 2008, when he was 19-years-old.

He was convicted on suspicion of terrorism following a plan to blow up The Galleries Mall in the city’s centre. 

He was arrested after a tip-off from a member of the Muslim community who was concerned about him, hours before his plan was due to take place. 

Ibrahim converted to radical Islam in 2006 after watching Al Qaeda videos. He then changed his name to Isa Ibrahim and studied chemistry and biology A-Levels in order to be able to build a bomb. 

He was sentenced for an undetermined time in 2009 by Winchester Crown Court, with a minimum of 10 years. 

His parole was denied in 2018. 

Police state that if you suspect someone of planning to commit an act of terrorism, to call the authorities immediately. 

For more information on identifying a potential terrorist, go to https://act.campaign.gov.uk/