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Public key in preventing terror plots: police chief

By Hayden Smith

Security services have thwarted 13 potential terrorist attacks on the UK in less than four years and are running more than 500 live investigations at any time, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer has revealed.

Assistant commissioner Mark Rowley disclosed the figures as he launched a major appeal for the public to report any suspicions and act on their instincts, saying their help is critical to foiling atrocities.

The Metropolitan Police officer said that since June 2013, police and intelligence agencies have disrupted 13 terrorist attack plots. The figure is one higher than the last tally given in October.

Information from members of the public has contributed to stopping some of those attacks, while figures show it has assisted counter-terrorism police in a third of the most high-risk investigations.

Mr Rowley said: "Sometimes that public information has actually started an investigation. Other times it's part-way through and it corroborates some things or adds to things we already know. The public are making a great contribution which is critical to us all working together to protect ourselves from terrorism."

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