United Kingdom terror arrests hit record high in wake of attacks

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

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

The British Home Office said that the latest figures include the dozens of arrests that have been made following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this summer.

Police made 379 terrorism-related arrests between June 2016 and June 2017, according to Home Office statistics released on Thursday.

Of these 379 terror-related arrests over the past 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.

This represents a 68% increase on the previous year's figure of 226.

And there was one arrest following another attack in June, when a van was driven into worshippers near a mosque in north London, killing one man.

It also includes the 12 arrests made in relation to March's Westminster Bridge attack and the 23 which came after the attack on Manchester Arena.

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The Home Office data showed that a record 14% of those arrested, 54 people, were women, while 17 suspects were aged under 18.

Of those arrested, 50% were eventually released without charge, while 105 people were charged with terror-related offences.

Police and MI5 are running 500 investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time, while there are also 20,000 former "subjects of interest" whose risk must be kept under review.

But most were not, and even without those major incidents, terror would still have been up by 102 on the year before.

Earlier this year, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed her officers had thwarted a number of plots, some of them were "very close to attacks, very close", some of them just "minutes away".

The majority of terrorist prisoners (91 per cent) held Islamist views, while five per cent held far right views and the other four per cent followed ideologies classified as "other", according to official data.

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