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Record 400 arrests for terrorism in Britain in 2017

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Evening Standard

by Justin davenport and Nicholas Cecil

The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations in Britain has reached a record high, official figures revealed today.

A total of 400 people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September - a 54 per cent jump on the previous 12 months.

This was the highest tally since data collection started in 2001 with figures also revealing that 58 of those held were female - the highest number on record.

The Home Office said the increase was partly due to a large number of arrests made following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this year.

The figures show that 115 arrests - or 29 per cent - resulted in charges of which 97 were terror-related. A total of 213 people were released without charge, 60 were released on bail pending further investigation and 11 faced “alternative action.” One case was described as pending.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said police and security services “have been clear that we are facing a shift rather than a short-term spike in the terrorist threat”.

He added: “The whole of society must come together to challenge the terrorist threat.

“The public must remain alert but not alarmed and report any suspicions they have about unusual activity or behaviour to the appropriate authorities.”

Counter-terror agencies believe the scale of the threat facing the country is unprecedented.

Read more: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/record-400-arrests-for-terrorism-in-britain-in-2017-official-figures-show-a3712826.html