British police have stopped around seven planned terrorist attacks in the last six months, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday, pledging more funds to expand security and intelligence work.
“Our security and intelligence services have stopped something like seven attacks in the last six months, albeit attacks planned on a smaller scale [than Paris],” Cameron told BBC radio.
“That’s one of the reasons we’re strengthening the security and intelligence services with this announcement today, because this is – as I put it before, it is the struggle of our generation,” he said.
Cameron urged the British public to “carry on with our lives” and show “resolve” following Friday’s attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people.
Speaking in the Turkish resort of Belek, the venue for a G20 leaders’ summit, Cameron pledged funding to recruit 1,900 extra intelligence staff over the next five years and to increase spending on aviation security.
Britain planned to hold a one-minute silence on Monday to show solidarity with France following the attacks.
On Sunday, Home Secretary Theresa May said British police are “working very closely with their counterparts in France and Belgium to identify all those involved” in the Paris attacks.
She said the government was reviewing its contingency plans to respond to similar coordinated terrorist attacks “to see whether there is anything we need to learn from what has happened in Paris to further develop our capability.”