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East Lancs ‘terror’ course gets UK rollout

Chorley Citizen: East Lancs ‘terror’ course gets UK rollout East Lancs ‘terror’ course gets UK rollout

AN ANTI-TERRORISM training course for housing staff which was piloted in East Lancashire is to be rolled out across the country.

Staff employed by Chorley Community Housing were given training by Greater Manchester Police to teach them to be alert to indicators of potential home grown terrorism when they visit people’s homes.

The scheme is now being rolled out nationwide and will be launched at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester later this month.

Richard Houghton, who was one of the CCH staff who received the training, said delegates had learned about the role housing association staff can play in preventing attacks. He said: “The training was designed to help housing staff recognise the potential indicators of home grown terrorism.

“The message from GMP was that the whole community has a role to play in this but that front line staff who may be visiting tenants in their homes are in a unique position because they are one of the few professions who are granted access to people’s homes.”

Detective Constable Asif Khan, prevention engagement officer from the North West counter-terrorism unit at GMP, delivered the training to staff from Adactus, which is in the same group as CCH, who then passed on their skills and knowledge.

He said: “We have colleagues all around the country who do the same role, and they will be trained up in this.

“It will be a national package. We hope it will end up as front line professionals teaching other front line professionals.”

Paul Lees, chief executive of Adactus, added: “Terrorism is a threat that we are aware of and one that we take seriously.

“We feel we have a role to play in staying vigilant.”

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10:59am Mon 9 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

Good idea but at least 10 years to late. The terrorists are already living here and have infiltrated even our schools. Listen to the news about Birmingham.
Good idea but at least 10 years to late. The terrorists are already living here and have infiltrated even our schools. Listen to the news about Birmingham. Benpupdog
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2:18pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Good call says...

Being trained to spot "terrorists", is this real, there is more chance of the average person bumping to Barack Obama in the Bridgewater than there is of them spotting a "terrorist". More people die from food poisoning each year for Gods Sake.

There was a greater threat to this country from the Provisional IRA yet I can't recall the hysteria from people and I'm pretty sure we didn't send lowly council and housing agency employees on "anti terrorism" courses. The spotting and monitoring of suspected terrorists was left to MI5 and Special Branch.

On another note, if we the public are paying for this Stasi-Esque "training package" then surely we have a right to access to what is being taught on it.I wonder if the emphasis is on spotting those who are critical of our warmongering, expenses fiddling, bankster loving crooks known as " political figures".Peaceful protesters have, in the not too distant past, been entered into a police database for "Domestic Extremists". How can we be sure that such schemes as the one in this article are not being used to spy on perfectly ordinary people?

We are going down a very worrying path in this country with this "anti terrorism" hysteria and the use of housing employees to gather information on their customers is another step along that path to a control freak society.
Being trained to spot "terrorists", is this real, there is more chance of the average person bumping to Barack Obama in the Bridgewater than there is of them spotting a "terrorist". More people die from food poisoning each year for Gods Sake. There was a greater threat to this country from the Provisional IRA yet I can't recall the hysteria from people and I'm pretty sure we didn't send lowly council and housing agency employees on "anti terrorism" courses. The spotting and monitoring of suspected terrorists was left to MI5 and Special Branch. On another note, if we the public are paying for this Stasi-Esque "training package" then surely we have a right to access to what is being taught on it.I wonder if the emphasis is on spotting those who are critical of our warmongering, expenses fiddling, bankster loving crooks known as " political figures".Peaceful protesters have, in the not too distant past, been entered into a police database for "Domestic Extremists". How can we be sure that such schemes as the one in this article are not being used to spy on perfectly ordinary people? We are going down a very worrying path in this country with this "anti terrorism" hysteria and the use of housing employees to gather information on their customers is another step along that path to a control freak society. Good call
  • Score: -1

3:08pm Mon 9 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Where, I wonder, is the justification for training housing staff to be anti-terrorist officers?
Anyone know of a single instance of where a terrorist cell has been uncovered, by a caller to the home? I've never heard of one.

Will they be trained to tell the difference between, someone running a hair and nail business or someone making tri-acetone tri-perchloride explosives, in the back kitchen? Somehow, I doubt it.
The simple answer to this blatant snooping, is to apply the terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement, where the landlord or their agent are allowed reasonable access to the premises, by prior consent of the tenant!
That will give you a chance to vacuum up all the mess, that making ANFO explosives does. (If you miss a bit, just say it's shake and vac!)

Seriously though, in an age where we are trying to rub along together, in spite of our differences, this stinks to high Heaven, of racial profiling, it really does.
Where, I wonder, is the justification for training housing staff to be anti-terrorist officers? Anyone know of a single instance of where a terrorist cell has been uncovered, by a caller to the home? I've never heard of one. Will they be trained to tell the difference between, someone running a hair and nail business or someone making tri-acetone tri-perchloride explosives, in the back kitchen? Somehow, I doubt it. The simple answer to this blatant snooping, is to apply the terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement, where the landlord or their agent are allowed reasonable access to the premises, by prior consent of the tenant! That will give you a chance to vacuum up all the mess, that making ANFO explosives does. (If you miss a bit, just say it's shake and vac!) Seriously though, in an age where we are trying to rub along together, in spite of our differences, this stinks to high Heaven, of racial profiling, it really does. woolywords
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