BRITAIN faces a wave of post-lockdown terror plots, Home Secretary Priti Patel has warned.
Islamic fanatics and right-wing extremists have been curbed by controls in place for the pandemic.
But as restrictions ease, spooks fear a surge in attack planning.
Britain could also see a rise in newly radicalised recruits triggered by spending months alone online.
Ms Patel said: “The threats are everywhere.
“We’ve had a year of people being locked down. We see all sorts of issues in terms of mental health.
“We have to look at a wide range of environmental factors that could act as triggers when it comes to terrorism-type behaviour.”
Her comments were backed by Chris Phillips, the ex-head of national counter terrorism.
He said: “The growth of right-wing terrorism is a major issue. It’s certainly the growth area at the moment, albeit that we still have the extreme Islamic threat.”
A new Counter Terrorism Operations Centre opened on Monday, bringing MI5, the Met, Home Office and Prison Service all under one roof to better tackle the terror threat.