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Met Police Chief: We Need More Funding To Catch Terrorists

Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has urged the government to increase police funding to help the Met Police catch terrorists.

The Met Police Commissioner told Nick Ferrari that the budgets needed to be looked into to provide the force with enough resources to track ISIS.

Sir Bernard said that 500-600 Britons have left the UK to join the Islamic State, with two-thirds of them coming from the London area.

He admitted that some had come back and the difficulties in tracking British terrorists was having a toll on police resources.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on Call The Commissioner, he told LBC: "I think we're going to have to look at the resourcing of it, within the Met or across the country.

"I know the Australians have just invested an awful lot of money in the same problem in their security services.

"This is a matter for government, but I think we are going to have to look at it."

Sir Bernard admitted it is difficult to know exactly how many British people have travelled to Syria and Iraq, adding: "It's difficult to be precise, but we think at least 500-600 went.

"Now, it's difficult to be precise because we only know about the ones we know about. There will be people who travelled to Syria, which is a crossing point into Syria. They went on holiday allegedly, but unless we have evidence that they went over the border, we can't be sure.

"So we're certainly talking hundreds. Some of them have come back and we've got to keep an eye on them. We interview all of them and where we can, we charge.

"It's a worry, because we think that two-thirds of them to three-quarters of them come from the London area."

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