After a siege lasting almost thirty-two hours in the French city of Toulouse, Mohammed Merah finally met his fate. Merah confessed to the cold-blooded killing, on three separate occasions, of seven people including three young children. Whilst the life of this complex young French male of Algerian descent has ended, the investigation into his radicalisation has merely begun. This case is considered in certain counter-terrorism circles to be part of a new phenomenon of 'lone 'wolf' attacks. However, on many occasions this is not as clear-cut. There needs to be, as with the case of Mohammed Merah, a consideration of the complexities that are already emerging.
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UPSI PhD Student Suraj Lakhani speaks on BBC Radio Wales on 22nd March 2012
Drawing on parallels with his own particular research, Suraj Lakhani provides an analysis on the radicalisation of Toulouse terrorist, Mohammed Merah.
Article By: Prof Martin Innes
The Metropolitan police has a new mission – to deliver "total policing" to the people of London.
This week, Bernard Hogan-Howe, the new commissioner, set out his vision of what this involves: about how modern policing is multidimensional, encompassing a diversity of tasks beyond just preventing and detecting crime. He suggests total policing requires "a total war on criminals", "total victim care", and being totally professional. In so doing, he is seeking a more rounded depiction of the police function in society than those formulations that pivot around just one aspect (crime-fighting, zero-tolerance policing, intelligence-led policing, etc). But if it is to be a viable policing model, then three key problems cannot be overlooked.