Security bosses want tags for jihadi suspects in major anti-terror crackdown

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5th June 2017

Security service bosses want Theresa May to let them tag people on terror watch lists as part of a crackdown on radicalisation, it has emerged.

Unregistered SIM cards and immediate rental vehicles are in the sights of MI5
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The demand is part of a wish list sent to the Prime Minister by senior figures from MI5 who want increased powers to deal with threats, according to The Sun.

Among the demands are a ban on suspected terrorists buying unregistered SIM cards and immediately renting vehicles.

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It comes after three jihadis launched a terror rampage in London Bridge on Saturday, killing seven and injuring 58 as they mowed pedestrians down with a van and stabbed pub-goers.

It is the third atrocity in the UK this year after the Westminster attack in March and the Manchester blast two weeks ago.

Theresa May yesterday signalled a major crackdown on extremism in the wake of the latest attack, saying “enough is enough”.

She vowed to clamp down on online extremism and review the Government's counter-terrorism strategy in response to a "new trend" of copycat terror attacks.

And she called for more action across government and society to tackle Islamist ideology.

Security bosses also want a crackdown on Twitter and greater resources for the anti-terror hotline.

A security source told The Sun: “The measures being drafted will not be to the liking of civil liberties groups.

“But this crude attack has led to a rethink of how the security services monitor and track people plotting to do us harm.

“They want these measures – but it will be up to whichever party wins power on Thursday to decide whether they are implemented.”