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The Government's terror watchdog today said introducing tough new laws to tackle hate preachers would be "quite wrong" despite a recent wave of Islamist attacks.

Max Hill QC said that the creation of new criminal offences, including banning orders and extremism disruption orders, backed by potential jail sentences, should not go ahead.

Both measures have been backed by Theresa May and were among "potential new criminal offences to defeat extremism" promised in her manifesto.

But Mr Hill, the Government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the law should be targeted only at those who attempt to commit, or do carry out, acts of violence.


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