Brits in Costa Del Sol, Costa Brava and Costa Blanca now ‘top targets for ISIS attack’


September 1, 2015

Source: Dailystar.co.uk

SPANISH beaches packed full of holidaying Brits could be the next target for an Islamic State attack, a security expert has warned.

Terror Spain Tourists

The Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Costa Del Sol have been highlighted as key threat areas with fears of a Tunisia-style atrocity being repeated in Spain.

The Daily Star Online revealed earlier this week how UK tourists are being labeled as “high value” targets by ISIS extremists.

In a chilling warning, Spain’s interior minister said counter-terror chiefs were working “day and night” to thwart any attacks.

And a top counter-terrorism chief has now singled out the popular Spanish coastline as an area Islamist killers have in their sights.

Will Geddes, head of global security firm International Corporate Protection, says Spanish authorities have ramped up armed patrols near holiday hotspots with fears of a “Sousse-like” attack from the sea.

He told us: “The framework and method for ISIS attacks would lead them to potentially attack tourist resorts as seen recently in Tunisia.

“So the likes of Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Costa Del Sol are at risk.”

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Beaches rammed full of Brits near the likes of Barcelona, Alicante and Malaga are thought to be most at risk.

While busy major city centres such as the capital Madrid and Valencia are also thought to be likely targets for a mass-casualty attack.

Mr Geddes added: “My sources say authorities are raising the presence of Guarda (civil guards) and police to protect tourists from any possible plots and provide an increased presence for reassurance.

“They are keeping watchful eyes on any historically attacked locations, such as train stations, bus terminals, government buildings as well as areas with large amounts of people and especially tourists.

“The increasing security presence in tourist regions will be to prevent Spain falling foul to a Sousse-like attack.”

His comments come after Spain raised its security level to the highest since the 2004 Madrid bombings which killed 191 people.

The Spanish interior minister has said police were doing everything they could to ensure the safety of the people.

Jorge Fernández Díaz tweeted: “Guardia civil policia will work day and night to minimise the terrorist alert”

Over 12 million Brits travel to Spain every year.

Many own holiday homes in the likes of Benidorm, Marbella and Fuengirola.

While others escape the UK for a holiday to the Spanish coast – known for its sun, sea, sangria and sand.

But Mr Geddes explained Spain has somewhat surprisingly been battling terrror for a number of years despite it not being widely reported in the UK.

He said: “The country raised its security level a month ago, the highest (Level 4 of 5) since the 2004 Madrid Bombings, as a result of an increase in intelligence chatter about ISIS.

“So far it is estimated around 120 Spanish people have fled to join ISIS.”

And the security source explained that it is not just Spain at threat of a large-scale attack.

“Virtually every country across Europe has been affected by the rise of ISIS,” he said.

“Both in terms of nationals travelling to Syria and Iraq as well as domestic radicalisation.

“This includes countries you wouldn’t generally think have people joining the terror regime – such as in Finland, Belgium and Sweden.

“It is a global virus.”

Tunisia Terror

Yesterday the Foreign Office urged Brits in Tunisia to fly home immediately following last month’s Tunisia terror attack, which saw 30 Brits shot dead on a popular tourist beach in Sousse.

It has warned against all but essential travel to the North African country as 3,000 Brit tourists and Thomson and First Choice reps are urgently flown out of Tunisia amid fears another attack is now imminent.

In their Spanish advice statement, the Foreign Office said: “There is a high threat from terrorism.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.

“There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

“You should be vigilant at this time.”

A ten point safety plan has been released telling Brits to stay vigilant for terror attacks before jetting off on holiday.

The advice ranges from checking local news sources to making yourself aware of safe locations in the area.

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Self-defense is now ILLEGAL in the UK


May 6, 2015

Source: natural news

The United Kingdom has been moving politically to the Left for some time now, but even in our wildest dreams, never could we have imagined that it would become illegal to protect yourself there.

Self-Defence

As reported by The New American, British subjects seeking advice about what are and are not permissible self-defense instruments found some recently on a police web site. It is sponsored by the British government’s Police National Legal Database.

Q589: Are there any legal self defence products that I can buy?

The police answer:

The only fully legal self defence product… is a rape alarm.

Now, the site goes on to say that there may be other products, but those have yet to be fully tested and that “if you purchase one you must be aware… there is always a possibility that you will be arrested and detained until the product, it’s [sic] contents and legality can be verified.”

That’s not very reassuring, so in an effort to further reduce anxiety about “other” self-defense products, the site points out that any product a British citizen purchases other than a rape alarm “must not [be] a product which is made or adapted to cause a person injury.” Anyone possessing “such a product in public (and in private in specific circumstances) is against the law.”

No, this isn’t a joke – it’s real

The site goes on to offer more helpful hints and tips. For instance, a British citizen can use a squirt bottle filled with a safe, but brightly colored, dye that would help police find and arrest an alleged criminal – after an attack. Of course, that approach presumes that the person who is attacked survives it or is able to physically “squirt” his or her attacker before getting the stuffing knocked out of him or her.

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But even then, the police database site warns, a citizen should “be aware that even a seemingly safe product… would become an offensive weapon [if] it would be used in a way that was intended to cause injury.”

Then comes this disclaimer: “The above advice is given in good faith, you must make your own decision and this website cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the possession, use or misuse of any self defence product.”

Except, of course, a rape alarm.

Ridiculous? Of course. A phony story? Hardly; click the link above and read it for yourself.

Upon learning of the website and its suggestions regarding how British citizens should, er, not defend themselves, the National Rifle Association did in fact confirm “that British subjects continue to live at the mercy of their potential attackers.” The advice reads like an appeal for victims to graciously suffer criminal violence while removing “any remaining vestiges of the traditional right to self-defense,” the group said.

Self-defense is illegal”

As further noted by The New American:

Real people have experienced the absurdity of such rules being enforced with diligence across the country. Three knife-wielding burglars [guns are illegal in England] invaded a home in England, tied up the family members and threatened to kill the father. One of the members managed to escape and get help. The family member and the helper returned and inflicted permanent brain damage on one of burglars — a criminal, by the way, with more than 50 previous convictions — using a cricket bat. Authorities arrested the defendants — the victims — and sent them to prison for more than two years. The attacker? He escaped punishment.

In another case, a well-known TV personality was seated at her kitchen table with her daughter one night when she caught several young men peering through her window. She immediately began looking around for something to use to defend herself and her daughter from what she believed was an imminent attack and found a kitchen knife. She waved it in front of them and chased them away.

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But she was later visited by Hertfordshire police, who summarily informed her that the knife was an “offensive weapon” and, thus, illegal.

She wasn’t arrested, but, as a local report explained: “She was not looking to be a vigilante… but… police explained to her that even if you’re at home alone and you have an intruder, you are not allowed to protect yourself.”

If you have any plans to relocate to the UK, you might want to rethink that decision.

Sources:

http://www.thenewamerican.com

https://www.askthe.police.uk

http://www.marplerifleandpistolclub.org.uk

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