Prevent faces shake-up in wake of David Amess murder

Councils could be stripped of responsibility for the government’s flagship anti-terror programme and decision making panels slimmed down after it failed to stop a string of attacks including the murder of Sir David Amess. 

William Shawcross, a former chairman of the Charity Commission who is leading a long-awaited review into Prevent, is expected to call for a new network of anti-terror professionals free from council control. 

Sir David’s killer Ali Harbi Ali – who was today sentenced to a whole life order – had been referred to the programme in 2014 but a year later it was concluded he no longer posed a threat. 

Six of the 11 most significant recent terror attacks were carried out by individuals who have gone through Prevent.

The scheme works by local council-appointed Prevent coordinators taking referrals from public servants like teachers and social workers, with each individual of concern categorised by their ideology. 

Less serious cases are dealt with by councils, who can…

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