EXTREMISTS will be treated like paedophiles and banned from working with youngsters under new anti-terrorism measures to be set out today.
The Government’s new counter-terrorism strategy will strengthen regulations ensuring anyone with a conviction or civil order for terrorist or extremist activity is automatically banned from working with children and vulnerable people.
The move, under the Disclosure and Barring Service, will extend the automatic ban on individuals convicted of sexual offences against children to those guilty of terrorism-linked crimes.
It follows concerns that young British-born Muslims are being groomed to join Islamic State and other extremist groups in the Middle East as well as incidents such as the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot where extremists infiltrated several schools in Birmingham.
Other measures to be announced by David Cameron include powers to seize passports of teenagers suspected of links to jihadis.
Parents of 16 and 17-year-olds suspected of being potential recruits will be able to ask the authorities to confiscate their travel documents.
Police figures released today will show that 338 people, including 56 aged under 20, have been arrested under anti-terror laws this year.
Of these, 157 of the arrests were linked to Syria. Mr Cameron said last night: “I have said before that defeating Islamist extremism will be the struggle of our generation. It is one of the biggest social problems we need to overcome.
“We know that extremism is really a symptom; ideology is the root cause, but the stakes are rising and that demands a new approach.”
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source Daily Express