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Rise in vehicle attacks a 'social virus' spread by media networks

24 July 2018

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Dr Vincent Miller, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Cultural Studies, and Professor Keith Hayward from the University of Copenhagen, examined why vehicle attacks, such as in Nice in July 2016, Finsbury Park in 2017 or Charlottesville also in 2017, have become so prominent in the last few years, having previously been a rarity.

Their research found that the rise in vehicle ramming attacks (VRAs) is as much the product of a virus-like spread of the act due to mass media coverage and online networks inspiring others to do likewise, as it is the rise of terrorist propaganda or a response to heightened security at high-profile targets.

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