UK to end early release of terror convicts after stabbings

(AP) – The British government says it will introduce emergency legislation to stop people convicted of terrorist crimes from being released after serving half their sentences.

Police secure the area in the Streatham neighborhood of London, England, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 after a stabbing incident. London's Metropolitan Police said it is investigating a terror-related incident after "a number of people" were stabbed and officers shot a man Sunday. (Jack Odell via AP)

Monday’s announcement came the day after an Islamic extremist who was recently released from prison stabbed and wounded two people in south London, despite being under police surveillance. The attacker was shot dead by police.

Sunday’s attack was the second in less than three months by a recently released prisoner.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the government would end automatic release, so that terror convicts can’t be freed until they are no longer a danger to the public.

Police on Monday searched a hostel in London to which the alleged attacker moved less than two weeks ago.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack on Sunday was clearly foreseeable.

He said there are more than 70 people in Britain who have been convicted of terrorist offenses who have served time and have been released.

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