Only one in eight jihadists returning to UK is caught and convicted – Telegraph.co.uk

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Chris Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said the low prosecution rate was the tip of the iceberg. 

“I don’t believe the UK knows how many people have left for Syria or indeed come back,” he said. “There are many ways of getting back into the UK avoiding checks, including bus routes and ferry crossings. What we have to avoid is a false sense of security just because we have a stretch of water between us and Europe.”

The Telegraph is running a “Border Security” campaign highlighting the porous nature of Britain’s borders and urging the Government to tighten controls to keep out Jihadists.

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham, Perry Barr, a constituency with a high proportion of Muslims, said the low prosecution rate demonstrated the failure of border controls. 

“It is a shambles,” said Mr Mahmood. “The Government is not on top of this. The real problem is we don’t know who is coming back and where they are coming back from.”

In the latest security scandal, it has emerged that a ​Muslim convert believed to have spent more than a year ​in Syria has been working in an NHS hospital car park in London. 

Whipps Cross Hospital in east London confirmed that Gianluca Tomaselli was under investigation​ by it after his name appeared on a leaked list of foreign fighters recruited by Isil and groups linked to it.

Only one in eight jihadists returning to UK is caught and convicted – Telegraph.co.uk