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UK police chief claims 4 or 5 terror plots foiled
"We've said on average over the last few years it's been about one a year, but this year alone we think four or five," Scotland Yard commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told BBC television. Counter-terrorism investigations have led to 271 arrests this year, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley on Monday. Most recently, three people were charged in London last week over an alleged plot which media reports said included a plan to behead somebody in Britain. Hogan-Howe said the threat from so-called "Lone wolf" attacks by individuals or small groups was causing "Growing concern", and warned their ability to act quickly left little time for the security services to intervene. He said the public could help by being more vigilant, particularly in crowded places and transport hubs where attacks are more likely to happen. For a week starting on Monday, police will brief over 6,000 people at 80 venues including schools and shopping centres across Britain to let ordinary people and businesses know how they can help by identifying and reporting suspicious behaviour. The campaign will also urge people to question charities about where their money is going, amid concerns that some is being used to channel funds to militants. He repeated fears that Britons who have gone to fight with jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria might return to use their new training and experience to launch an attack in Britain.

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