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New blueprint to help war on terror

PUBLISHED: 10:41 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 02 July 2010

Dominic Wiggan

THE war on terror has hit the streets of Redbridge after a blueprint was drawn up to tackle violent extremists. Muslim community groups have pledged to help the battle, which will also be taken into classrooms. Cllr Vanessa Cole – the cabinet member for c

THE war on terror has hit the streets of Redbridge after a blueprint was drawn up to tackle violent extremists.

Muslim community groups have pledged to help the battle, which will also be taken into classrooms.

Cllr Vanessa Cole - the cabinet member for community safety - is spearheading a three-year project which aims to hunt down the "murderous criminals" and unite the borough.

She said: "There are people committing heinous acts of violence and claim to be acting in the name of Islam.

"Muslim communities I have met are horrified their religion is being used this way.

"The 7/7 London bombings targeted people of all religions. These people don't care who they target."

She said there are historic links between terror suspects and Redbridge, either through families, education or residency.

She added: "This is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country, but we cannot deny there are people out there committing acts of terrorism.

"A lot of work - and a lot of talking - has to be done, but we want youths to isolate those they fear are getting involved."

Councillors at this week's cabinet meeting heard that officials do not know how many "unrecognised" mosques are in Redbridge, and cash funding has to be more closely scrutinised.

About £740,000 will be spent on the project, including challenging extremist ideologies; the disruption of violent extremism promotion; support for vulnerable individuals; and help communities to resist violent extremism.

Bashir Chaudhary, chairman of the Ilford Community Centre, Eton Road, backed the plan.

He said: "I feel acts of violent extremism are more politically motivated and generally involves the unemployed and uneducated who have fallen off the tracks.

"There is an air of suspicion around Muslim communities, particularly since 7/7.

"You cannot hide from these things; they must be dealt with.


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