YEP Says: Uniting in fight against terror - home and abroad

AS the world comes to terms with the terrorist atrocity in Brussels, Theresa May has stressed the importance of international co-operation between security services.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 9:18 am
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 9:22 am
People mourn for the victims of the bombings at the Place de la Bourse in the center of Brussels.

She knows only too well that the bloody threat posed by Daesh is the defining challenge of these times. Yet, as a public clamour grows for Britain to regain control of its borders, some perspective is required. This country has more protection than the likes of France and Belgium where jihadists have moved at will.

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However, it is also naive to think that terrorism is just the work of foreign nationals. As this region of all regions should know, the suicide bombers who killed 52 innocent people in London on July 7, 2005, grew up on the streets of West Yorkshire.

A Dewsbury teenager fled to Iraq to commit an atrocity last year while there are disturbing reports that a jihadi from Huddersfield was responsible for a car bomb blast in western Iraq.

Difficult facts, they show the security issue is far more nuanced than some would suggest and the pressing need to prevent vulnerable young people from being radicalised on the treets of Yorkshire, and Britain, is hugely important. We cannot take our eye off the