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Ben Farmer

Britain’s most senior fire chief has warned that the potential for a terrorist chemical attack in the country is a “huge concern”. Dany Cotton, recently appointed first female commissioner of London Fire Brigade, said she would be increasing the number of chemical attack practice drills carried out by her crews. She also suggested the public needed more education about what to do in the event of an attack. Ben Wallace said: “They have no moral objection to using chemical weapons against populations and if they could, they would in this country.” Isil fighters have been accused of repeatedly using chemical weapons on the front line in Iraq and Syria and one leading expert in the field said they were becoming “the norm” for the group. Ms Cotton told the BBC: “I think the chemical attack is a really big threat because its an unseen one, it’s something you do with a relatively small amount of chemical if you can find the means to disperse it.”

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