The UK’s counter-terrorism effort is putting an unsustainable strain on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said.
Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing in England and Wales, leading to backlogs in control rooms and slower response times. She said the strain was “causing real problems” and “frankly unsustainable”.
The Home Office said it was working with police on the demands they faced.
So far in 2017 there have been five terror attacks in the UK, killing 36 people.
Four people remain in police custody, including a 17-year-old boy, following last week’s explosion at Parsons Green Tube station in which 30 people were injured. Read More
An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack.
Ahmed Hassan, of Sunbury, Surrey, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this afternoon, when he will also face a second charge under the Explosive Substances Act.
Three other men, aged 25, 30 and 17, remain in custody.
Thirty people were injured last Friday when a bomb partially exploded on a District line Underground train. Many of those suffered flash burn injuries, while others were hurt in a crush when people ran down a staircase at the station.
Two other men who had been arrested in connection with the explosion have been released without charge. Police are continuing to search one property in Surrey and two in Newport, south Wales.
Kim Jong-un has said remarks by “deranged” US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea.
In an unprecedented personal statement, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would “pay dearly” for a UN speech where he threatened to “totally destroy” the North if the US was forced to defend itself.
Mr Trump responded that the “madman… will be tested like never before”. The two countries have engaged in ever more heated rhetoric in recent months.
China responded to the war of words, warning that the situation was “complicated and sensitive”. “All relevant parties should exercise restraint instead of provoking each other,” said Foreign Minister spokesman Lu Kang.
Russia also urged restraint. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was “deeply concerned by an escalation of tensions”.
Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in south London in connection with last Friday’s terror attack on a Tube train.
The teenager was detained after officers executed a warrant in Thornton Heath at around midnight on Thursday. It takes the total number of arrests in the investigation to six, all of whom remain in custody at a south London police station.
A homemade bomb partially exploded on a rush hour District Line train at Parsons Green, injuring 30 people.
Police have begun a search of the property where the teenager was arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.
Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. “A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday. “We now have six males in custody and searches are continuing at five addresses. “Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack.”
A police officer is in hospital after being seriously injured in an attack in Doncaster.
South Yorkshire Police said they were called to reports of a vehicle crash on Cleveland Street at about 07:30 BST.
The officer was assaulted when three people fled the area, running towards Cherry Tree Lane.
The full extent of his injuries is not yet known, the force said. Two men and a woman have been arrested and are in custody.
Det Ch Insp Martin Tate said: “Officers have attended this morning to try and detain someone for a criminal offence. “Unfortunately as part of that, and we don’t know the full circumstances, an officer has been seriously injured and assaulted. “We don’t know the full extent of the injuries but [I am appealing] for people to give us information on what happened.”