Fourth attack this year hits UK after Theresa May cut police counter-terror capability

An image from a Twitter user of an alleged device on the train at Parsons Green tube [Image: @RRigs].

The question has to be asked: Would a terrorist have been able to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) on the London Underground if Theresa May had not cut the police’s ability to detect and prevent such attacks?

It seems highly unlikely that 22 people would now be receiving treatment for flash burns after the device partially exploded at Parsons Green station, if the ability of the police to gather intelligence about planned attacks had not been seriously hindered by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

This Writer published an article detailing how Mrs May dismantled our counter-terrorism ability earlier this year, and I have re-posted it in the wake of the latest attack. You can read it here.

But I wanted to highlight the words of Professor Michael Clarke of the Royal United Services Institute – an expert on the subject. Speaking in June, after the London Bridge terror attack, he warned that police were less able to detect terrorism than they had been in the past:

It seems clear that nothing has been done to address these failings.

And don’t forget that more police cuts are on their way.

This is proof that Theresa May is a threat to our national security. But she is still sitting in Downing Street, pretending to be a prime minister. WHY?

An explosion that injured a number of people at Parsons Green underground station in west London was a terrorist incident, the Met police have said.

Commuters on a tube train reported hearing a bang and seeing a fireball flying down the carriage during Friday morning rush-hour. Pictures and video, purporting to be from the train carriage, were posted of flames coming out of a carrier bag containing a white bucket.

Police later confirmed the blast came from an improvised explosive device.

NHS England said 22 people were receiving treatment at three hospitals as well as an urgent care centre in Parsons Green.

None was thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition.

The incident is the fourth terrorist attack in the UK this year, following incidents at Westminster, London Bridge, Manchester and Finsbury Park in north London. The UK terrorism threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Source: London tube explosion: District line device was homemade bomb, say police | UK news | The Guardian

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  1. Barry Davies September 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Although flash burns are very painful at least no one died, for which we should be thankful, whilst accepting that police numbers and security staff should never have been cut I don’t think that has a bearing on this case. The attempt seems to be amateurish by the standards of the known terrorist groups, and although Isis or another group might claim responsibility, whether, or not, it was them, this seems to be something else.

  2. chriskitcher September 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    But Mike she cut the police numbers last year so how can it,inTory stupidity, have an effect this year?

    • Mike Sivier September 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      I suppose I had better answer that for the benefit of the Tories who read this:
      Because the cut in numbers last year will have a lasting effect this year and in the future.

  3. Ann Jones September 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    What a load of political rubbish…..

    • Mike Sivier September 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      If you’re going to comment with a bald statement, at least try to back it up with information, otherwise the other people here will rip you to shreds.

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