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Theresa May to outline anti-extremism plans

Home Secretary Theresa May is to set out measures to tackle extremism and radicalism, following the findings of a taskforce set up by the government after the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.

Among the recommendations are powers to ban groups that preach hatred.

The taskforce also suggests those who spread extremist views should be dealt with in the same way as people who commit anti-social behaviour.

And it says there could be help for areas with “integration challenges”.

Prime Minister David Cameron set up the cabinet-level Extremism Task Force in June, following the killing of Fusilier Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, in May.

Its recommendations include:

giving the home secretary powers to ban groups that preach hatred, if that is what the police advise
consulting on whether people who attempt to spread extremist views should be treated in the same way as those who indulge in anti-social behaviour, such as being banned from getting in touch with those whom they are seeking to radicalise and prevented from entering schools or colleges
more support to areas with the “biggest integration challenges”, especially those where “extremism is a particular problem”
looking at possible legislation to strengthen the powers of the Charity Commission
working with internet companies to restrict access to terrorist material online that is hosted overseas but illegal under UK law
improving the process for the public to report extremist content online
Mr Cameron said: “This summer we saw events that shocked the nation with the horrific killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and murder of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham.

“These tragedies were a wake-up call for government and wider society to take action to confront extremism in all its forms, whether in our communities, schools, prisons, Islamic centres or universities.”

He added: “I have been absolutely clear that this is not something we should be afraid to address for fear of cultural sensitivities. We have already put in place some of the toughest terrorism prevention controls in the democratic world, but we must work harder to defeat the radical views which lead some people to embrace violence.”

Mrs May will put out a written statement responding to the taskforce’s proposals on Wednesday morning.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, currently on trial at the Old Bailey, deny murdering Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, on 22 May.

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