Act early and save lives from terrorismPublished Wednesday, 18th November 2020
People in Hartlepool who are worried that a friend or loved one may be at risk of being radicalised are being urged to ‘act early’ and get help from a new national website.
www.actearly.uk was launched today by Counter Terrorism Policing. It follows the recent raising of the UK national terrorism threat level from ‘Substantial’ to ‘Severe’, meaning that a terrorist attack somewhere in the country is highly likely and people should be alert but not alarmed and report anything suspicious to the Police.
Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies.
Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs of this, so they are being urged to trust their instincts and visit the website for advice and details of how to share their concerns in confidence and get help for the person who is at risk.
Alternatively, they can also call the national Police Prevent Advice Line in confidence on 0800 011 3764.
The Police have specially trained officers who work with professionals in health, education, local authorities and charities, as well as faith and community groups to help vulnerable people move away from extremism.
Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council and Chair of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “Family and friends know when something’s not right and are best placed to spot worrying behaviour in a friend or loved one at an early stage.
“My message to them is - you are not alone. There is lots of support available to help prevent the person you are concerned about from becoming drawn into harmful activities or groups, and help them choose a different path.
“The earlier you raise any concerns, the quicker help can be provided. You won’t be wasting Police time. You won’t ruin lives – but you may well save them.
“Lastly, I would also like to take this opportunity, in light of the recent raising of the UK terrorism threat level, to once again remind everybody to please remain alert and report any suspicious activity to the Police straight away.”