Record 379 arrests for UK terrorism-related offences in last year

Terror-related arrests have surged by 68 per cent to a new record high as security services confront an unprecedented threat, new figures reveal.

There were 379 arrests for terrorism-related offences in Great Britain in the year ending June 017, a rate of more than one a day and the highest number in a year since data collection began in 2001. 

The tally includes dozens of individuals held in swoops in the wake of attacks in London and Manchester which contributed to domestic terror arrests increasing five-fold in the year - writes

It follows an admission by the Home Secretary in June that anti-terror police had been over-stretched by a spate of recent terror attacks.

Amber Rudd ordered an urgent review, adding resources have been "pulled very tightly".

Over 90 per cent of all offences recorded last year by the official Government statistics were related to Islamic fundamentalism, while the majority of those arrested considered themselves to be British.

The number of white people involved in terror arrests rose by 92 per cent and the number of people arrested for domestic terror incidents increased five fold, from10 to 52.

There were 125 detentions under the Terrorism Act last year, an increase of 90 on the total for the previous year.

The document states this is in part due to the London and Manchester terror attacks, which required a large police operation in the aftermath.

Of the 125 detentions, 45 led to someone being charged while the others were released.

Of the 379 other arrests 32 per cent resulted in someone being charged while half of those were released without any further action being taken.

A number of others remain on bail.

A cross the year14 per cent of those arrested on suspicion of terror offences were female, the largest proportion on record and most arrested were over 30.

There were increases in arrests across all ethnic groups but this was particularly significant in arrests of white people, which increased by 92 per cent compared to the previous year - 127 compared to 66 arrests.

Overall, 34 per cent of those arrested on terror-related offences were white compared to 29 per cent in 2016. 70 per cent considered themselves to be British.

M ost people charged with terror offences serve between four and 10 years in prison but last year showed a decrease in those serving life - down from seven people to two.

As of June this year 204 people were in custody for terror-related offences, an increase of 35 per cent and continuing an upward trend seen since the statistics were first collected in 2001.

T he majority of terror prisoners held Islamist extremist views, 91 per cent, while five per cent held far-right views and four per cent classified as other ideologies.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has said after the appalling terrorist attacks that took place in this country in Manchester and in London that the threat from terrorism is severe and that it is changing and that continued hard work is required to tackle this threat.

“Police and security services are working incredibly hard and I think these figures reflect both the threat and the efforts that the police and security services are putting into dealing with them.”

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