Terrorism-related arrests in United Kingdom hit record high, officials say

15 September, 2017, 00:17 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • Terrorism arrests have reached an all time high

It also includes the one arrest made after the auto attack made near Finsbury Park Mosque in late June.

Revealing that suspects were being detained at a rate of more than one a day, the figures included 12 arrests in connection with the Westminster attack in March, 23 linked to the Manchester Arena terror bombing in May, 21 in relation to the London Bridge attack in June, and one arrest following the van attack at Finsbury Park.

The security services made a record number of terror arrests over the a year ago, officials figures show.

Twelve of the arrests came after a man drove his auto into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in March.

United Kingdom law enforcement made a record number of terrorism-related arrests in the past year.

In May, suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a home-made device in a lobby of a Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, slaughtering 22 people. It is an all-time high in the number of arrests since the government started recording data in 2001.

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


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

"That's why we're looking at such a high number, but they are still pretty significant". 189 were released without charge.

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.

"The number of terrorist prisoners in British jails has also risen in the past year, by 35% to 204", The Guardian reports.

Of this number, 185 people - 91% - of them held Islamist extremist views, and ten others (5%) held far-right views.

Britain's terror threat level remains at "severe", the second-highest level, meaning an attack is highly likely.

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