Nick Thomas-Symonds has asked to work together with the government on a judge-led review into the systemic response needed to address a “highly dangerous and growing threat of lone attackers”.
In a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel today, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary praised the police and security services response to recent incidents but warned that “they cannot fight this battle alone”.
He called for a “wider review” into the prison system, probation, local authorities, mental health workers, housing providers and others to assess how well these partnerships work together.
Commenting on the letter, Thomas-Symonds said: “The police and security services have responded incredibly bravely to these incidents and foiled many more, thanks to their skill and dedication. However, they cannot fight this battle alone. When looking to identify, monitor and, in some cases, treat subjects who pose an enormous risk to society, we rely on a wide range of services, such as probation, the prison system, local authorities, mental health workers, housing providers and many more.”
Labour highlighted that a review in 2017 outlined work on multi-agency pilots, including among other measures data sharing by MI5 and counter terror policing with other agencies, such as local authorities and government departments.