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Non-violent groups including Greenpeace and Peta have been listed on a counter-terrorism document that was handed out to schools and hospitals as part of anti-extremism training.
The groups that support animal rights and the environment were listed in the same document as neo-Nazi and far-right groups, that was produced by government group Action Counters Terrorism.
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The guide is used across the UK and is aimed at tackling those who could be at risk of committing terrorist offences.
Now police say groups such as Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace were named on the documents in order to help their officers ‘protecting crowded places at times of protest’.
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Last week the guide had been uncovered by the Guardian, and police told the newspaper that the inclusion of such groups had been a ‘local error’.
Dean Haydon, deputy assistant commissioner has now said that they don’t consider the groups to be extremists or a ‘threat to national security’.
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Despite this, the non-violent groups appear in the same 24-page document as the National Front and National Action, both of which have faced bans for terrorist violence.
Other groups listed include Sea Shepherd and Stop the Badger cull which has previously been backed by Queen guitarist Brian May.
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Mr Haydon added that he did not believe membership of these groups should be flagged to the Prevent group.
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