Record number of terrorism arrests made in United Kingdom in past year

Sep 15, 2017, 00:18
Record number of terrorism arrests made in United Kingdom in past year

Official figures show there were 379 arrests for terrorism-related offences in Great Britain in the year ending June 2017, the highest number in a 12 month period since data collection began in 2001.

The graph above quotes statistics from the National Counter Terrorism Police Operations Centre, a branch from the National Police Chiefs' Council.

"There has been a momentum shift since the attacks in London and Manchester and that simply means there are more people out there prepared to attack".

Of the 379 people arrested, just one third were charged with a crime, with the rest being set free or released on bail.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the figures show police and security services responding to "an unprecedented period of terrorist activity in the U.K".

He told the Press Association: "We've seen people from all walks of life".

He said that in the three years up to March this year, police foiled 13 potential attacks, reports Reuters. We are never complacent, we are looking at our systems and our processes.

By the end of June this year, 204 people in the United Kingdom were in custody for terrorism-related offences in the country.

They also include many arrests related to British jihadis attempting to travel to or returning from fighting for ISIS in the Middle East, or for spreading the terror group's propaganda.

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

Of the 105, 32 have been prosecuted and found guilty.

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".