Four UK terror plots foiled in 2017: Police
“The right-wing terrorist threat is more significant and more challenging than perhaps the public debate gives it credit for,” Mark Rowley said in a speech late on Feb. 26.
“Right-wing terrorism wasn’t previously organized here,” said Rowley, who is stepping down this year.
“A deeply concerning characteristic is how both far-right and also Islamist terrorism are growing, allowing each side to reaffirm their grievances and justify their actions,” he added.
Britain was hit by five terror attacks last year, four Islamist-inspired and one extreme right-wing.
In 2016, a neo-Nazi sympathizer assassinated British MP Jo Cox in her constituency in northern England.
Investigations against the extreme far-right in Britain have focused in recent months on National Action, a group defined by Rowley as a “homegrown, white supremacist, neo-Nazi terror organization.”