Terror register comes into force

People convicted of terrorism offences will join a register similar to that used to monitor sex offenders.

The scheme requiring anyone convicted since 2000 to maintain contact with the police came into force on Thursday.

Convicts must tell police about foreign travel plans and more basic details such as a change in home address.

Those subjected to the register will need to maintain contact with the police for between 10 and 30 years, depending on their crimes.

The measures, part of 2008’s Counter Terrorism Act, were introduced amid concerns that police needed greater powers to monitor anyone released from a sentence for terrorism-related offences.

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