An analysis of the public reporting to Lothian and Borders police on perceived terrorism-related matters after the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack in 2007
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The Glasgow Airport terrorist attack of 2007 led to the initiation of a Lothian and Borders Police operation to investigate an expected increase in the public reporting of terrorism-related matters. This paper considers the two specific areas of data in respect of these reports: the reporters and the information they imparted. An analysis of reporter characteristics is undertaken, highlighting areas of interest concerning age, employment and place of birth. The information imparted to the police is then analysed with particular aspects of reporting identified, primarily the activity the subject was undertaking, with sub-analysis of ethnicity of subjects and premises cited. The influence of the media is also considered. The conclusions centre on the prevalence of Asian subjects in the reporting, an apparent lack of minority reporters and the nature of the public implications concerning terrorist activity as opposed to overt expressions of the nature of suspicions.
Gallagher, M. (2010). An analysis of the public reporting to Lothian and Borders police on perceived terrorism-related matters after the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack in 2007. Journal of Terrorism Research, 1(1), pp. 41-53.
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