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Dissidents a danger to UK mainland, report warns

Dissident republicans may intensify their efforts to strike targets on the mainland, a new report has warned.

The independent reviewer of Government anti-terrorist legislation has outlined the threat posed by groups like the Real IRA.

Lord Carlile's remit is to examine the use of the Terrorism Act 2000 and Part One of the Terrorism Act 2006. He published his latest report yesterday and said there is a “paramount need for continuous vigilance in Northern Ireland” due to the “lethal” threat posed by dissidents.

He states: “2009 and early 2010 have demonstrated that there is a paramount need for continuous vigilance in Northern Ireland.

“The number of terrorism incidents in Northern Ireland has increased, as has the evidence of the existence of determined and dangerous groups of dissident republicans with the ability to manufacture and deploy lethal explosive devices.

“Their main targets to date appear to be the police and armed services.

“Unfortunately, one cannot possibly exclude the possibility of dissident paramilitaries mounting terrorist attacks in Great Britain.”

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