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Muslim chaplains to stop extremism

Muslim chaplains are to be trained to challenge extremist Islamic views on university campuses as part of plans to prevent the spread of radical ideologies, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

Mrs May said they would be used to prevent terrorist prisoners radicalising others while behind bars. She said the Government was also looking at new orders to ban radical groups, including new civil powers to target individual extremists.

In a written ministerial statement, she said there were plans to give the Charity Commission greater powers to stop the spread of hate-preaching.

The proposals come after an extremist task force was set up to look at ways of stopping the spread of radical hate-preaching.

The task force was announced following the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich. Two men are currently on trial accused of his murder.

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