Police Hold Terrorism Session On Islands

Islanders of all ages could be susceptible to groups and individuals who encourage radical thinking, leading to acts of terrorism.

Councillors, Council staff and youth leaders heard that warning from a specialist police team yesterday.

They came over to explain how children and vulnerable people could be recruited by terrorists through online chat or by playing online games together on consoles.

Inspector Jim Main, who led the session, says this is part of the police ‘Prevent’ initiative and follows on from a session last year.

That highlighted the risk to our youngsters when they move to the mainland because they are more trusting of people then their contemporaries from larger towns and cities.

Jim says citizens have a right to hold strong political opinions or views on animal rights or religion as long as they don’t cross the line and engage in violent acts.

And he says the messages put out by extremists need to be counterbalanced with more moderate views, so people can make up their own minds.

Jim says anyone could be vulnerable to being radicalised at various points in their lives, either because of individual circumstances, such as depression or financial problems or because of events happening on the world stage like wars.