Nine-year-old boy who stood up in class and declared allegiance to Isis among thousands of children referred to Prevent programme

A nine-year-old boy who stood up in class to declare his support for Isis is among thousands of children referred to the Government’s counter-extremism programme.

The majority were flagged to Prevent because of concerns over potential Islamist views but the number attracted to the extreme far-right is growing.

Of the total 7,631 people referred to Prevent in the 2015/16 financial year, 65 per cent (4,997) were suspected of Islamist extremism and 10 per cent (759) of right-wing extremism.

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