Preventing radicalisation

Keeping our communities safe

Peterborough is a safe city, and the risk of a terrorist incident is low. Most people, in all our communities, need no convincing that terrorism is wrong and want to see it prevented. 

In an emergency, or to report a suspected terrorist incident, call the Police on 999.

People at risk of radicalisation in Peterborough

Radicalisation is recognised as a 'safeguarding' issue and will be treated in the same way as other safeguarding processes designed to protect vulnerable people from harm or abuse. We all have a role in ensuring that our communities are kept safe and that individuals who may be at risk of radicalisation can be provided with the help and support they need.

Prevent, and Channel programmes

Prevent intervenes early to guide people away from radicalisation, helping them to walk away from extremism. Channel offers further support to people assessed as at risk of radicalisation from the Prevent programme.

Speak to your local policing team about helping to run local events about Prevent.

Government Prevent programme poster image

Prevent is a national safeguarding programme that supports people who are at risk of becoming involved with terrorism through radicalisation. Radicalisation means someone is being encouraged to develop extreme views or beliefs in support of terrorist groups and activities.

Prevent is not about catching terrorists, it is about identifying people who are, or may be at risk of radicalisation, and supporting them to change direction in a way that will help them.

The purpose of Prevent is to enlist the support of people in our communities to reach the much smaller minority who may be drawn into terrorism, often through extremist views.

The Prevent strategy has three main objectives:

  • Ideology - to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
  • Individuals - to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
  • Institutions - to work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

Find out more about the Prevent Programme (gov.uk).

Prevent helps to guide people away from radicalisation, and the dangers it presents.

Some of the help offered through Prevent’s support programme, 'Channel', includes:

  • Mentoring and ideological interventions
  • Mental health support such as counselling
  • Education or career development support
  • Online safety training for parents

Being supported through Channel is voluntary, confidential, and won’t go on someone’s criminal record. Channel is a multi-agency process, involving partners from the local authority, the police, education, health providers and others. Channel has been operating successfully in Peterborough for several years.

Find out more about the Channel Programme.

Case studies

Peterborough Police Boxing Club and eastern region’s Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) unit regularly held evenings of amateur boxing at Queen Katharine Academy, alongside ACT and England Boxing to ‘knock out extremism’

The campaign provides training for boxing coaches on how to spot the early signs of radicalisation, as well as providing a diversion for people who may be at risk of being drawn into extremism.

Peterborough police officers receive commendation for ‘Knock Out Extremism’ campaign (Peterborough Today).

Mohammed Tahir, 20, of Peterborough; Muhammed Saeed, 23, of Manchester; and Mohamed Ismail, 24 of north London, were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Thursday, 20 May, 2022.

Between August and December 2019, the three men spoke to each other on internet chat groups, and sent messages which showed their Islamic extremist mindsets. They posted extremist material - Daesh propaganda material, including execution videos and publications showing different ways to commit terror attacks.

Peterborough man jailed after admitting terrorism offence (Peterborough Today)