Terror related arrests reach record high

Glen Mclaughlin
September 15, 2017

Arrests jumped by 68 per cent year on year, with the increase partly driven by activity mounted amid a flurry of terrorist incidents including the Manchester bombings and London Bridge attacks earlier this year.

Some of the arrests - 57 out of 379 - were linked to the Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, and Finsbury Park attacks this spring and summer.

Of these 379 terror-related arrests over the previous year, 12 were made in connection with the Westminster attack, 23 related to the Manchester Arena bombing and 21 arrests were related to the attack some time later at London Bridge.

Prisons saw the number of terrorist inmates rise by 35 per cent this year to 204, continuing an upward trend since statistics were first collected in 2001.

Most of the arrests were linked to worldwide terrorism but 52 were for domestic terrorism.

The number of people arrested was not made available in Wednesday's release, nor would the Home Office provide it when asked.

The figures released today show the tireless efforts of the police, Security Service and Crown Prosecution Service during what was an unprecedented period of terrorist activity in the United Kingdom'.

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He said that in the three years up to March this year, police foiled 13 potential attacks, reports Reuters.

The figures show that of those who have been arrested, 32% result in a charge.

Domestic terrorism refers to activity where there are no links to either Northern Ireland-related or global terrorism.

Around half (189) of those held were released without charge, while others were released on bail (54) or faced "alternative action" (11). He explained: "That's why we're looking at such a high number, but they are still pretty significant".

Five hundred investigations, involving 3,000 individuals, are being run by the police and MI5 at any one time.

The current United Kingdom threat level for global terrorism is severe, which means an attack is highly likely.

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