London attacks: It takes village policing to stop terrorist attacks

A security crackdown only does the terrorists’ work for them by polarising neighbourhoods. Instead, the security services need to get back to working from the bottom up

26th March, 2017
A Metropolitan Police firearms officer stands guard at Parliament Square in Westminster following a lone wolf attack last WednesdayGetty

The worst thing that could happen in Britain, and indeed other European countries, would be a major security crackdown, particularly one aimed at the Islamic community. If such a thing were to happen, it would largely be a cosmetic exercise aimed at reassuring the British public and the world in general that Britain was taking no nonsense.

However, I have always had confidence in the phlegmatic nature of the British public and therefore don’t expect...

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