EXTREMISTS who are unable to reach the Middle East to fight for so-called Islamic State may carry out attacks in the UK instead, the Director of Public Prosecutions warned. Analysis by the BBC showed that 85per cent of the 109 people convicted of terrorism
offences related to Iraq or Syria had never set foot in either of the countries.And in an interview with the corporation, Ms Saunders warned: “We need to be acutely aware that if people can’t go to Syria – and we have certainly seen this in some of the cases we have
prosecuted – they may plan an attack here instead or they may to more to radicalise other people to attack so we need to be very aware of that.” The DPP added that the Crown Prosecution Service had the resources it needed to deal with the increased number of
cases.Following the London Bridge attack in which eight members of the public were killed, the prime minister called for a review of Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy to make sure the police and the security services have the powers they need. And the new analysis of the latest prosecutions showed the youngest offender was a then 14-year-old from Blackburn, Lancashire, who was convicted in 2015 after taking on the role of “organiser and adviser” to an alleged Australian jihadist in a plan to murder police officers in Melbourne on Anzac Day.Those convicted for such offences also came from a wide cross-section of society and included former prisoners, a hospital director and the son of a police officer, the BBC said.Married couples, siblings and a mother of six have also been prosecuted and of the 109 people convicted, 18 (16per cent) were female. Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said the figures showed the “changing nature of the threat”, with “frustrated travellers” plotting or carrying out low-tech “DIY attacks”.He said: “We also know that IS is discouraging people from travelling over to the caliphate to help fight there and is encouraging them to perform jihad locally.”He said the internet was a “key front in the fight against Islamist terrorism” and Ms Saunders acknowledged that prosecutors had to be “on top of” the issue.Extremists use the internet and social media for communication, spreading propaganda and radicalising others.Mr Gyimah said Home Secretary Amber Rudd had held meetings with Google and Facebook about the issue.