Welling-born cleric Anjem Choudary on Met’s radar

PUBLISHED: 12:13 05 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 05 June 2013

Anjem Choudary. Pic by Dominic Lipinski

Anjem Choudary. Pic by Dominic Lipinski

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Scotland Yard are keeping a close eye on Welling-born radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary in the wake of Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich.

One of the force’s most senior officers, Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, warned the House of Commons home affairs select committee yesterday that “so-called preachers of hate are often familiar with the law”.

Her comments came amid reports that Mr Choudary made controversial remarks about Drummer Rigby.

Asked by committee chair Keith Vaz if the Met is providing protection to Choudary, Ms Dick said: “We constantly risk-assess what’s going on around a number of different people who have high profiles in the media.

“In the case of somebody like Mr Choudary, we are constantly assessing, of course, whether any of his proclamations are breaking the criminal law and working with the CPS to ensure that if he is breaking the criminal law we know about it very swiftly.”

She added that if officers fear someone’s “life is at risk or indeed that there’s going to be a major disorder around them”, then they may put a police presence in place.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been charged with the murder of Drummer Rigby on May 22.

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