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Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Terrorism-related arrests in United Kingdom hit record high, officials say

Terrorism-related arrests in United Kingdom hit record high, officials say

While more than three quarters of the arrests were related to worldwide terrorism, there was a sharp rise in the number of arrests for domestic terrorism (from 10 to 52).

It is the highest number in a year since data collection began in 2001, and includes dozens of people held after raid in the wake of the London and Manchester attacks.

The number of people arrested over terrorism-related offences increased by 68 per cent to 379 in the year to June, the Home Office reports.

Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said: "While the terrorist threat has increased in recent months, so has our activity, reflected by this significant increase in arrests". The numbers also reveal the highest ever number of female arrests, with a total of 54 women, including 17 under the age of 18, detained.

A senior detective the Home Office said that figures showed there was no such thing as a "typical terrorist" and that those arrested came... As such the data leaves open the possibility that some suspects were arrested multiple times.

It emerged earlier this year that counter-terror agencies 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.

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

By the end of June this year, 204 people in the United Kingdom were in custody for terrorism-related offences in the country. 189 were released without charge.

Nineteen terrorist plots have been thwarted in the last four years, including six since the Westminster attack in March.

The Home Office said that 91 per cent of those in jail were Islamic extremists while five per cent were far-right extremists. "The tempo is increasing", UK Security Minister Ben Wallace told the Independent.

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