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Security costs; VOICE OF THE.

MI5 blundered with fatal consequences by unwittingly standing by and watching the London Bridge killers load a van used hours later to mow down pedestrians.

But we would argue this is a moment to start learning hard lessons for the future rather than indulge in recriminations.

The first, most obvious, conclusion to be drawn is that we urgently need to properly fund anti-terrorism forces.

Tory cuts to law and order were foolishly dangerous and, in the ongoing public debate over defence spending, we must not forget that the gravest immediate threat is from jihadis.

So reinforcing policing must be the priority.

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Title Annotation:News; Opinion; Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2018
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