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Senior Met chief calls on public to do more against terror

BRUTAL MURDER SCENE: Suspect Michael Adebolajo on the street where soldier Lee Rigby was killed (ITV News)

ONE OF Britain’s highest-ranking police officers has stated attacks similar to the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby can be prevented if the public is vigilant.

The Met's deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Osborne warned that more deadly attacks related to terrorism could occur if the public fail to pass on information.

Osborne, who is leaving the Metropolitan Police this week, said simpler attacks are more difficult to detect - but every major plot he has dealt with in recent years involved innocent people who knew about the plan but did not come forward.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “In all those instances, if the people that had known about it, if they had come to us and given us that information, we would have been able to do something a lot sooner and the country would be a much safer place.

“There are some very dangerous and very committed individuals out there that have got deadly terrorist intent, and if people really don't start coming forward and reporting that activity, especially that lower level stuff where they're looking to do something without the wider command and control, then there's a real strong possibility that we're going to get more attacks and there's going to be more fatalities.”

Soldier Lee Rigby was stabbed to death outside Woolwich Barracks in southeast London on May 22.

Two men – Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22 - have been charged with his murder and attempted murder of police officers, who arrived on the scene to arrest them.

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