Today’s report, into the devastating 2017 Manchester arena murders, only serve to tell the British public what we knew already. That the culprit, is one of many thousands of Islamist terrorists within our country, who is permitted almost absolute freedom to prepare and conduct acts terrorism, by a weak and incompetent Conservative government.

Richard Bingley, the UKIP Security spokesman said,
“Until June 2017, only 71 trials were prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division over an entire year. And only 379 arrests were made by police, with 50 per cent of suspects released, during the same period under the Terrorism Act 2000. But we know from leaks within our intelligence services that some 23,000 individuals are of concern, and some 3,000 significantly so. For context, this is a large increase from a decade ago, prior to some 450 jihadis being let back in from fighting in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

“UKIP believes that the Terrorism Act is not fit for purpose. A new Prevention of Terrorism Act is required in order to make explicit the prioritisation of public safety over individuals actively supporting or conducting mass casualty attacks. Furthermore, the irresponsible cuts to our police, border controls, CPS, paramedics and armed forces require total reversal. Other countries such as the USA and France are resourcing up.

“Terror tourists returning from jihadi operations, should be investigated and prosecuted without exception. Finally, minimum sentences for Terrorist offences should be significantly increased. There should be a baseline minimum exceeding at least 25 years in order to guarantee public safety, rehabilitation and a notion of deterrence.”