As 2019 draws to a close and the new year begins we’re looking back at Counter Terrorism Policing‘s commitment and dedication to protect the public and our national security by preventing, deterring and investigating terrorist activity. This includes terror plots that have been foiled, striking the right chord with festival goers and insights into working with MI5 and other partners. Join us as we look back over the past 12 months…
In March 2019, Lewis Ludlow was jailed for a minimum term of just over 13 years for planning a “spectacular multi-victim attack” on one of the country’s busiest shopping streets.
The Daesh supporter admitted to planning a UK-based attack which involved hiring a vehicle and driving it into a heavy concentration of people on Oxford Street in London.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, head of CTPSE, said at the time: “Ludlow was planning an attack in the UK after swearing an oath of allegiance to Daesh, and he had gone as far as writing out attack plans and conducting reconnaissance of potential targets. “We have dedicated units across the country who accept the extraordinary challenge of keeping the public safe from terrorist attacks. I have no doubt that Ludlow was fully intent on committing a serious violent act in the name of Daesh’s twisted ideology, and it is testament to the hard work of all involved that he has been jailed.
“Although this attack was foiled, we continue to work tirelessly to ensure that offenders such as Ludlow are brought to justice before they can commit their violent intentions.”
Terror plots foiled since 2017
What you can do…
The cooperation between the public and the police is a powerful defense against terror.
If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence at gov.uk/ACT or, in an emergency, dial 999.
Your actions can save lives.
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