By Macer Hall
RIGHT-WING extremists are plotting a terror attack aimed at sparking a race war in Britain, police chiefs fear. Detectives have stepped up surveillance of neo-Nazi sympathisers, and Muslims have been warned they could be targeted to inflame tensions.
The warning emerged at a meeting of the Muslim Safety Forum, a group that liaises with senior police officers to discuss security issues.
Commander Shaun Sawyer, of the Scotland Yard’s specialist operations wing, said: “They will carry out an attack that will lead to a loss of life or injury to a community somewhere. They’re not choosy about which community.”
He said Al Qaeda remained the top priority, but neo-Nazis were emerging as a serious threat.
Nail bomber David Copeland was jailed for life for the last neo-Nazi terror strikes in the UK, in London in 1999. Neo-Nazi Martyn Gilleard was jailed for 16 years last year for terrorism offences after nail bombs, machetes, gunpowder and racist literature was found at his home in Goole, East Yorkshire.
A Met spokeswoman confirmed that recent prosecutions and statements by extremists groups had given an indication of intentions “by violent extremists to cause harm”.