The North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) was set up in April 2007. It is one of five Counter Terrorism Units, established to strengthen the UK’s response to the threat from terrorism and domestic extremism.
The North East CTU works within the national counter terrorism network to make sure that the police service in the UK is better equipped to prevent or respond to incidents of terrorism and domestic extremism to investigate and prosecute those involved.
Prevent is a vital part of our counter terrorism strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Prevent forms part of the Government’s Counter Terrorism Strategy CONTEST.
The vast majority of people living in this country do not support terrorism. However, there are those who seek to promote extremist and terrorist ideologies. They also look to radicalise and recruit vulnerable people, cause fear and harm our communities.
These threats come from a range of sources including International Terrorism (for example Al Qa’ida and like-minded groups), Northern Ireland Related Terrorism and Domestic Extremism (for example far right extremists).
Working to prevent terrorism is about challenging these ideas and those who promote them. Together, the Police and partners work to support those individuals and institutions that may be vulnerable through projects such as community programmes, discussion forums, educational and recreational activities.
What is an extremist?
The definition of an extremist is someone who is vocally or actively opposed to British values. This includes democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. The Prevent Strategy also defines an extremist as a person who calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.
What is ideology?
Ideology is a set of ideas and beliefs which form a worldview that provides the basis for action that is intended to preserve or change the existing social and political order
In an Emergency
You should dial 999 in any situation where there is a danger to life, or a crime is in progress. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From a mobile phone, please dial 999 or 112.
For a non-urgent crime or incident, or to provide information, you can also call:
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or
101 The Police Non Emergency Number
101 is the main non-emergency number for police. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for non-emergencies where:
- Police attendance is required
- To report a crime
- To report other incidents
- For general help/advice
For Counter Terrorism Security Advice
If you feel that your company could benefit from counter terrorism security advice, you can contact your local CTSAs via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the following address: Counter Terrorism Security Adviser, PO Box 9, Laburnum Road, Wakefield, WF1 3QP.
Please do not use these details for urgent concerns, or to report a crime or suspicious activity. Please see above.