A DOSSIER of 6,287 suspected terrorists was passed to security services last year but just two per cent are still being monitored.
A total of 697 got help via the official Prevent deradicalisation scheme.
Yet only 147 — one in 50 of those originally referred — are currently on the programme, says latest Home Office data.
The totals include Islamic and far-right suspects.
Samuel Armstrong of think-tank the Henry Jackson Society warned: “We risk leaving the door open to terrorists.”
Chris Phillips, ex-head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, added: “Covid lockdowns have made the work of police and security services much more difficult — try following a suspect on empty streets.
"In addition many will be using the internet to radicalise others.
“We are in for a difficult time ahead with a high likelihood of further attacks.”
The low level of monitoring comes despite tip-offs about Islamic terrorism hitting a five-year high.
Referrals rose six per cent from 1,404 in 2019 to 1,487 last year. And 3,000 pieces of suspicious content were highlighted to the Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit in 2020 compared with 2,796 in 2019.
The Home Office said: “Prevent plays a vital role in stopping people being drawn into all forms of terrorism.
“Since 2015, 2,352 referrals have resulted in individuals identified as vulnerable to radicalisation receiving support.”
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