Suella Braverman set to order 'back to basics' reboot of controversial anti-terror scheme Prevent | The Sun

THE flagship anti-terror Prevent programme is too focused on a tiny number right-wing nutjobs rather than tackling jihadis, a damning review will say today.

Suella Braverman is set to order a "back to basics" reboot of the controversial scheme, after it is found to be referring far too many lower-risk far-right loners rather than focusing on dangerous Islamists.

She will today publish the findings of a major report into the troubled programme, conducted by William Shawcross.

It is expected to call for an urgent overhaul after finding it was treating too many potential terrorists as victims with mental health problems instead.

Seven out of the 13 terror attacks in the past six years – including the murder of MP David Amess, the Reading attacks, and the bombing of Liverpool Women's Hospital, have been carried out by sickos who had been known to Prevent.

But the review – commissioned more than three years ago by former Home Secretary, Priti Patel – will say it has been overwhelmed with cases and is facing too many referrals for "far right" ideologies which has led to a string of missed opportunities.

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It is also set to say that authorities did not refer people over fears of being racist or culturally insensitive.

And it is also set to reveal that taxpayer cash from the £40million budget has been handed by Prevent to groups who promote Islamic extremism.

Potential extremists can be referred to the programme by police or local authorities.

Last year there were more than 6,400 cases for chiefs to sort through in a bid to find people who could put the public at risk.

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The Home Secretary is understood to be prepared to accept the majority of the recommendations and push to hugely reform the programme to focus back on foiling major plots.

One source said: "They are seeing too many people being referred to on far right issues, rather than people being radicalised and moving towards terrorism. We need to go back to basics on this."

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