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The number of people joining extreme right-wing groups and sharing their views is on the rise in Cornwall.
Steve Rowell, Cornwall Council's preventing extremism and terrorism lead, said that there were known to be 8,000 people in right-wing groups in the South West, telling a briefing for Cornwall councillors that the region was "seeing a rise in extreme right-wing activists nationally, and right here in Cornwall".
Mr Rowell said right-wing groups were using social media to create a narrative for their views and exploiting anxieties around globalisation, conflict and migration.
He said the council had policies to prevent and tackle extremism and terrorism and these were not only to tackle right-wing activists but also environmental campaigners, animal rights activists and political activists.
Mr Rowell explained the current threat level in the UK was "severe", having been moved up from "substantial" in 2014; and that, in his personal opinion, "we won't go back to substantial for many years to come".
Councillors were also told about the Channel prevent programme which aimed to protect people from being drawn into violent extremism and terrorism.
Mr Rowell said that, in Cornwall, Channel has been successful with 100% engagement and a 100% success rate.
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