Far Right Terrorists Like Thomas Mair ‘Much More Hidden’ Than Religious Extremists, Experts Warn After Jo Cox Trial

He added Islamic extremists could be easier to detect as they were more likely to be in communities where the Muslim population is high – but this does not apply to the Far Right. 

Prof Abass referred to a RUSI study from February, that found Far Right extremists in Europe were less likely to share their beliefs with family and friends.

That study also said authorities’ intelligence gathering was better at catching religious extremists, noting Far Right extremists were much more likely to be caught by chance.

Excluding cases during or immediately following an attack, 40% of Far Right extremists who were exposed were only caught as they were being investigated for other offences.

By contrast, 88% of religious extremists were exposed because of specific intelligence.

Prevent, the government’s anti-radicalisation scheme, has had a surge of referrals for Far Right extremism.

It received 561 in 2015-16, an increase on the 323 received in the previous year, the Sunday Times reported

After Mair’s conviction, police said the Far Right remains a small proportion of Prevent referrals – just under 10%. 

Dr Paul Jackson, a history lecturer at Northampton University and contributor to anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, feared authorities lacked the skills to deal with the breadth of the threat Far Right ideology could pose.

“While the focus on Islamist extremism has fostered a wide range of new resources, successive governments have failed to give relevant professionals an equally detailed knowledge of issues posed by extreme right groups,” he said.

“Issues posed by the Far Right are quite diverse too, from the normalisation of racist views in schools, to street protests, to terrorism, at the most extreme. Prevent is not really equipped to deal with all these problems.”

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