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  • COUNTER-TERRORISM BILL WILL HELP POLICE TO DO THEIR JOB SAYS MP

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is backing the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill currently going through the Commons to help the police to do their job. The Bill, which had its second reading yesterday will ensure that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have the powers they need to help keep the country safe from the threat posed by terrorism and hostile state activity.

    Mr Stride explained:

    “There is no doubt that UK Counter-terrorism legislation needs updating to better consider the increasing use of the internet and other digital platforms in spreading radical material, recruiting vulnerable people to radical causes and planning terror attacks. The police and MI5 are now foiling a major terrorist plot every month and we need to give them every support possible if they are to continue to do this. The Bill also seeks to improve records on re-offending – something that is vital across all areas of the law.”

    The provisions within the Bill include:
    • increasing the maximum penalty for certain preparatory terrorism offences to 15 years’ imprisonment,
    • introducing a power to stop, question, search and detain an individual at a port or border area in order to determine whether they are, or have been, involved in hostile state activity,
    • updating the offence of obtaining information likely to be useful to a terrorist to cover terrorist material that is just viewed or streamed over the internet, rather than downloaded to form a permanent record,
    • amending the Terrorism Act 2000 so that the detention clock can be paused when a detained person is transferred from police custody to hospital.







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