- More than 2,000 people thought to be fanatics reported to the authorities
- Figures show a huge increase in suspected extremists being referred
- Government's terror rehab scheme is 'bursting at the seams', experts say
Nearly 100 new suspected British extremists are reported to the authorities every week, shocking figures have revealed.
More than 2,000 people were referred to the government's counter-terror rehabilitation scheme in the first five months of this year - hundreds more than were reported in the whole of 2014.
Experts said the Channel Programme - which attempts to de-radicalise fanatics - was 'bursting at the seams' because schools now have to tell the authorities when troubled youths are thought to be linked to extremists.
Last year 1,681 people were referred to the programme, more than a third were under 18, with 47 aged under 10 and the youngest just four years old.
Haras Rafiq, head of the counter-terror charity Quilliam Foundation, told the Daily Mirror: 'I’m not surprised. Islamic State’s propaganda and social media strategy is second to none.
The programme is bursting at the seams and it is going to get worse before it gets better.Since July, schools and hospitals have been legally required to act on suspicions of radicalisation.
So we could see numbers rise even further.'
Scores of British jihadis are fighting with ISIS, including the likes of Mohammed Emwazi - outed as the killer behind the Jihadi John beheading videos
The scheme was set up in 2007 and has already had 6,703 referred to it by concerned teachers, nurses, carers and family members.
Despite the combined work by mentors and the police, scores of Britons have made their way to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS.
This includes the likes of Londoner Mohammed Emwazi - outed as the sick murderer behind the Jihadi John beheading videos - and other young men who have joined the terror network.
More than 60 of the 700 British jihadis who have gone to fight for ISIS have been killed in battle or in suicide attacks since 2012.
They are thought to include the likes of Junaid Hussain, an ISIS computer hacker who was originally from Birmingham.
Hussain, 21, is believed to have been killed as he travelled in a vehicle in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
Other Britons to die fighting for the militants include Ikrima al-Nomani, the British ISIS fighter had stood alongside Jihadi John in a gruesome video featuring the execution of an American aid worker.
Another British jihadi, known among extremists as Abu Qudama Al-Britani, was reported to have died in January.
Security Minister John Hayes said: 'Referrals to Channel have increased since 2014, however only a small percentage of these require specialist intervention support.
We have dedicated sufficient resources to the programme to cope with demand. We will keep this position under close review.'