Plans to tackle Isis and militant groups in the UK are being changed as the Paris shootings were “not everything we anticipated,” the chief anti-terror officer claims.
The so-called Islamic State is said to be unlike any other threat Britain has faced due to the organisation’s ability to recruit “misfits, criminals and the vulnerable” from Britain, the Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said.
In pictures: Anti-Isis protests in Jordan
In pictures: Anti-Isis protests in Jordan
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Members of Jordan's Al Assaf tribe burn a ''Wanted Dead'' poster of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi at a rally
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Jordanian protesters carry an effigy of leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a march after Friday prayers in downtown Amman
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Jordanian Queen Rania (C) holds a placard during a demonstration to express solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State
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A protester dressed in a Jordanian flag joins others as they hold up pictures of Jordanian King Abdullah and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, while chanting slogans during a march against Islamic State
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Jordanians hold banners shouting slogans during a demonstration to express their solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State
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Jordanians carry banners and pictures of executed Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh while shouting slogans against the group calling themselves the Islamic State, during a march after noon pray in downtown Amman
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Protesters hold up pictures of Jordan's King Abdullah and pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh as they chant slogans during a rally in Amman to show their loyalty to the King and against the Islamic State
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Jordanians chant slogans to show their support for the government against terror during a rally
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Jawdat al-Kaseasbeh, a brother of slain Jordanians pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, reacts to people gathering to show their support for the government against terror during a rally
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A Jordanian protester kisses a poster bearing the image of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh during a rally to show their loyalty to King Abdullah and against the Islamic State
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A Jordanian shouts slogans during a rally against the Islamic state group and in reaction to the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh by the group's militants
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Jordanians carry pictures of pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh at a protest against Islamic State
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Supporters and family members of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh express their anger at his murder at the tribal gathering chamber in Amman, Jordan
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The King of Jordan, Abdullah II (L), embracing Safi al-Kassasbeh (R), the father of the recently executed Jordanian pilot
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Jordan's Queen Rania offers her condolences to the family of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, at their family home of Muath
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The announcement was made in relation to the deaths of 17 people, including those in attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and a kosher supermarket.
Mr Rowley said on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show: “In terms of our national firearms capability, we’ve asked is it strong enough? How is it placed? How is it organised?”
“You look at an event like Paris and you think not everything in that we anticipated, so we’re going to have to make some refinements to our plans to improve,” he added.
Islamic State, also known as Isis or IS, is not a “classic terrorist organisation” as they “create a corrupt cult of people, followers who will act in their name,” Mr Rowley said.
His fears echo those expressed by Prince Charles over how young people are being radicalised at an “alarming” rate in their own local areas or over the internet.
Around 600 people are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq from the UK since the conflict began and around half have returned home.
Police have recently strengthened their cyber resources, leading to 1,000 “unsavoury” posts a week being taken down.
However, Mr Rowley said more money is needed to grow the anti-terror unit over the next year and discussions with the Government for funding are ongoing.Reuse content