A man was arrested in Oldham yesterday for posting support for the New Zealand terrorist attack on social media as new evidence emerged of a growing threat from the far right in Britain.
Detectives from Greater Manchester police held the 24-year-old on suspicion of sending malicious communications. The arrest came as The Sunday Times was shown a secret Cabinet Office assessment that says the far right now poses a greater threat than Islamist terrorism in some parts of Britain.
Neo-Nazi extremists are causing police greater concern than jihadists in areas understood to include Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, according to a briefing produced for senior Whitehall officials last month.
Armed police officers are also preparing to step up extra patrols around key UK mosques during Ramadan,…
UK police warn of more far‑right extremists and arrest supporter – The Times