THREAT TO BRITAIN: Cops block 1,000 terror manuals and beheading films every WEEK
BRITISH police are removing more than a thousand pieces of extremist Islamist material from the Internet every WEEK, shocking new figures have revealed.
GETTY 25-year-old Junead Khan from Luton was convicted for plotting to kill soldiers in the home counties
Anti-terror cops are working overtime blocking websites spreading vile propaganda videos, pictures of beheadings and bomb-making instructions, raising concerns that cash-strapped forces are failing to counter the spread of terror online.
Figures released by Scotland Yard reveal extremist content is being wiped from the web at a rate of nearly 300 pieces every day.
The public is now being urged to help in the fight to block the seemingly relentless stream of hate-filled messages posted on public forums and the dark web.
Among the content deleted by security agencies in the UK are speeches calling for racial or religious violence that could provoke unrest and radicalise Britons, encouraging them to join groups such as Islamic State (ISIS).
The statistics were revealed just weeks after 25-year-old Junead Khan from Luton was convicted for plotting to kill soldiers in the home counties.
Detectives investigating Khan found that he had accessed and shared ISIS - also known as Daesh - propaganda videos and instructions for making a suicide bomb online in the lead up to his planned attack.
Police are calling on internet users to flag up terrorist-related content amid reports of a dramatic surge in extremist posts and publications in recent years.
The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) helped remove 26,479 pieces in the first three months of this year - equivalent to 291 a day.
PH The banner urging the public to help
GETTY People are being asked to report the material by clicking on a red "STOP" button
If the trend continues, the total for 2016 would exceed 100,000.
People are being asked to report the material by clicking on a red "STOP" button that can be found on police force websites.
After clicking on the button, web users are quickly directed to an anonymous form at www.gov.uk/report-terrorism where they are asked to enter the address of the webpage where they saw the material.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: "Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.
"The internet and social media provide many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable people, and their methods are constantly evolving, from using new phone apps to hijacking popular hashtags in order to reach wide audiences."
The Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing added that the suicide bombings in Brussels last month and Paris in November had led to a spike in the number of extremist documents and images being reported to police.
She said: "There's certainly glorification of an attack. Some people do go on social media to glorify and celebrate - that's very dangerous."