Terrorists will get through UK defences warns former MI6 head
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'Terrorists will get through' warns former MI6 head

Sir John Sawers, who was head of MI6 until 2014, has said that the UK should be braced for a terrorist attack in the wake of the Paris massacre.

“No government can sustain a 100% record against terrorists who are constantly trying to get through our defences,” he told the Today programme. “No goalkeeper has a 100% record.”

Fighting the terrorist threat was a “team effort” with other countries, he told presenter Sarah Montague, and the Paris attacks should serve as a “wake up call” to the security services in Belgium.

“Belgium is not noted for having particularly large or powerful internal security services,” he said.

  • 26 Nov 2015