MOSCOW, November 24 (Sputnik) – The British police have launched a countrywide campaign aiming at the prevention of home-grown terrorism and the spread of the terrorist sentiments in social media, the Metropolitan Police said on Monday.
Under the countrywide Counter Terrorism Awareness Week starting on Monday, police officers will talk to over 6,000 people in a variety of public places including airports, farms, shopping malls and universities. The officers plan to inform the public about the ways they can contribute to domestic security.
"Experience shows us that terrorists target busy, well-populated places to ensure that attacks have a maximum impact. Businesses, particularly those in crowded places, have an invaluable role to play in our fight against terrorists, violent extremists and other criminals. Their staff is often the first people to spot signs that something is wrong," Rowley added.
A new counter-terrorism bill will be adopted in the United Kingdom this week. The provisions of the new legislation include counter-radicalization measures, tighter aviation and border security, the forced transfer of suspects to different parts of the country, a ban on insurance companies making ransom payments by the insurance companies.
The intensification of counter-terrorism measures in the United Kingdom is motivated by the risk of British extremists returning to the country, particularly those who have been fighting in Syria and Iraq. Over 500 Britons are thought to be in a number of countries both fighting and receiving terrorist training, according to the Security Service of the United Kingdom.