Fears that council staff forced to ‘act as MI5’ to identify possible terror threats

Fears have been raised that council staff could be forced to “act as MI5” in helping to identify possible terror threats in Newcastle.

Labour councillor Rebecca Shatwell told colleagues that the council must not become a “counter-terror operative” through its role in supporting the Government’s Prevent strategy, which intervenes with individuals to safeguard them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

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