Police may be targeting “marginal” terror suspects in a bid to “clear the decks” ahead of the Olympics, the terrorism watchdog said on Sunday.
David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terror legislation, said this summer’s Games are a “major target” and police may be intervening in cases earlier than they would normally. His comments follow a series of arrests by counter-terrorism officers in recent weeks. Last month two Muslim converts were arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack against the Olympic canoeing venue. They were later released without charge.
And last week 14 people were arrested in two separate counter-terrorism operations against suspected Islamist plots. Whitehall and security sources have previously suggested the threshold for assessing the potential risk of suspects is likely to be lower in the run up to the Olympics.