Record number of terror-related arrests

Terrorism arrests have reached an all time high

54 of the suspects were women, the figures revealed - a record 14 per cent.

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.

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

British police made a record 379 arrests for terrorism-related offences past year, official figures show.

That represents a 68 per cent increase over the year before.

The figures show roughly half of the people arrested were released without being charged.

The United Kingdom has suffered a series of terror attacks this year.

The new figures show a 60% jump in arrests linked to worldwide terrorism, from 184 to 294.

Mark White explained: "Quite often what you see with the likes of a terrorist attack, a lot of people who are initially arrested - they could be family members, friends and associates of someone who has carried out an attack - but after questioning and detailed investigations these people are often released without charge".

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said: 'We're taking every possible opportunity to disrupt terrorist activity be it making arrests for terrorism offences, intervening where there are signs of radicalisation, or working with communities to prevent terrorists operating in their area'.

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

"That's why we're looking at such a high number, but they are still pretty significant".

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.

"Everyone has a role to play in identifying and stopping the threat terrorists pose to the UK".



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