Earlier yesterday evening, a middle-aged man in Stanwell, Surrey, committed what the police have deemed a ‘terror attack’.
The victim, a 19-year-old boy, was non-fatally stabbed by a man armed with a baseball bat and a knife.
The attack itself is said to have been racially motivated due to witness accounts of racist slurs being targeted towards the victim.
The 50-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated racial assault. Whilst Counter-Terrorism has classified this man’s actions as having the “hallmarks of a terror event”, they have not been able to prosecute the man with this charge.
Counter Terrorism’s, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Head of Counter Terrorism policing, has given the justifications for why such an aggressive action was taken, as to “use all of the specialist capabilities available to establish the full circumstances” in which this attack occurred.
An isolated attack, one of many, has therefore pulled further resources from the policing community with little justification as to why. As services are under increased cuts and guidelines for further restrictions, should counter-terrorism against lone wolf actors become a priority whilst negating others, in increasing demand from the public to be seen as an acting force against the threat of terrorism?
Even further, does the forces focus on lone wolf terrorism look to satisfy public opinion through various media channels, as a way of deflecting the crisis currently residing in the police and counter-terrorism forces?