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Threat of terrorism has changed, says Sir Hugh Orde

By Victoria O'Hara

The terrorism facing security services across the UK now is a "very different threat" to the one experienced in Northern Ireland, former PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has said.

Sir Hugh, however, who was appointed Chief Constable of the PSNI in 2002, said there were some parallels with the policing in Northern Ireland.

"We are absolutely determined to deliver an effective service against what is a rising threat against the very people who are protecting citizens themselves," he told Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News.

"Every day every officer in Northern Ireland goes to work and even off-duty mindful of the fact they are at threat.

"Our officers are experiencing the same."

However, he said the nature of the terrorism was different.

"We have threats from people who are not known to us. People who self-radicalise, who are radicalised coming back from Jihad and other countries, that is a very different threat to the one we faced in Northern Ireland over many years."

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