Almost 4,000 people were referred to the UK government's flagship counter-terrorism scheme last year – nearly triple the figure in the previous year, and an average of 11 people a day.

The rise in referrals, which came amid concerns over Britons returning to the UK from fighting in Syria, followed moves by the government that placed prisons, NHS Trusts and schools under a new statutory duty to tackle extremist radicalisation.

Children aged nine and under were among the 3,955 people reported to the Channel programme in 2015, up from 1,681 in 2014, official figures show.

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