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Police made 441 terror arrests in Britain last year

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  • Home Office statistics reveal the police arrested 441 suspects under terror laws
  • The number - the highest in a year since records began - is up 17% on last year
  • Only 41 of those arrested ended up being prosecuted, with 39 people convicted
  • Number of women arrested for terrorism is also at an all-time high, stats show

By Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 05:03 EDT, 14 June 2018 | Updated: 06:24 EDT, 14 June 2018

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Police made 441 terror-related arrests last year - the highest number since records began.

In a stark warning of the threat the UK continues to face, the number of arrests under terrorism laws rose by 17 per cent in the year ending March 31, 2018.

The arrests included 23 arrests in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing, 21 over the London Bridge atrocity, seven over Parsons Green and one in connection to the Finsbury Park attack.

Stats show that 114 of the 411 arrested were charged with terror offences, but only 41 ended up being prosecuted, with 39 of them convicted.

British police made more than 440 terrorism-related arrests last year, new stats show
British police made more than 440 terrorism-related arrests last year, new stats show

British police made more than 440 terrorism-related arrests last year, new stats show

A graph released by the Home Office shows the number of terrorism arrests rising almost every year since 2010. The number charged is shown at the bottom of each column
A graph released by the Home Office shows the number of terrorism arrests rising almost every year since 2010. The number charged is shown at the bottom of each column

A graph released by the Home Office shows the number of terrorism arrests rising almost every year since 2010. The number charged is shown at the bottom of each column

Today's figures mean the total number of terror-related arrests in Britain since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 has now passed the 4,000 mark, standing at 4,182 as of the end of March.

The figures show that the number of women arrested for terrorism is also at an all-time high, at 56 over 12 months. 

A report published by the Home Office today states: 'As in previous years, and similar to other types of crime, the vast majority of those arrested for terrorism-related activity were males.

'However, 56 of the 441 arrests were females (13%), the highest number arrested in a financial year since the data collection began, and the highest proportion since the year ending March 2016.

'Since September 2001, when the collection began, females have accounted for 9% of arrests.'

The increase in the number of women arrested comes in the year in which Britain's youngest ever female terrorist, Safaa Boular, was convicted of plotting a knife attack at the British museum with the help of her mother, Mina Dich, and older sister, Rizlaine Boular. 

A graphic from the report shows that only 37 of the 114 people arrested ended up by convicted of terrorism-related offences
A graphic from the report shows that only 37 of the 114 people arrested ended up by convicted of terrorism-related offences

A graphic from the report shows that only 37 of the 114 people arrested ended up by convicted of terrorism-related offences

The statistics also show the breakdown of the nationalities of those arrested since the 9/11.

Nearly 2,500 of those detained have been British, as well as 183 Algerian, 165 Pakistanis, 158 Iraqis, 89 Afghans, 83 from Iran and 77 from Somalia.

The number of people in prison for terrorism offences has also risen 27 per cent to 228, the highest since records 

As at 31 March 2018, there were 228 persons in custody in Great Britain for terrorism-related offences, an increase of 27% on the 180 persons in the previous year.   

The report stated: 'This continues the upward trend seen in the last few years [and] was the highest number of persons in custody for terrorism-related offences since the data collection began in 2009.

'Of those in custody, the majority, 82%, were categorised as holding Islamist extremist views, a further 13% as holding far right-wing ideologies and 6% other ideologies.'

 

 

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