Terror-related arrests hit record high as threat gathers momentum

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"Significantly, it's the highest number of arrests in a year since they began recording terror arrest statistics back in 2001 after the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in the US".

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.

The Manchester Arena bombing and multiple London attacks drove the number of terror-related arrests in the United Kingdom to a record 379 over the past year, new figures show - but less than a third of those arrests led to terrorism charges.

The Home Office stats include 56 arrests related to the fatal attacks on Westminster, Manchester Arena and London Bridge.

Of those who have been arrested, 32 percent result in a charge, the Home Office said.

This is 68 per cent higher than the 226 people arrested in the same period in 2016. As such the data leaves open the possibility that some suspects were arrested multiple times.




Another man died following a van attack outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, London on June 19, 2017. Meanwhile, 189 were released without charge.

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.

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

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in Westminster, Manchester, and London Bridge.

The majority of terrorist prisoners (91 per cent) held Islamist views, while five per cent held far right views and the other four per cent followed ideologies classified as "other", according to official data. "The tempo is increasing", UK Security Minister Ben Wallace told the Independent.

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