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Record number of terror arrests as EU warns of 'stay-at-home' jihadists
by Ben Farmer - Defense Correspondent
Police arrested a record number of terrorist suspects last year, as fewer would-be Islamic State group jihadists head to the Middle East and instead decide to stay at home to plot attacks.
The number of arrests for terrorism-related offenses in Great Britain jumped by nearly a fifth, with 304 people held in the year until the end of March.
The figure was the highest since records began in 2001 and three quarters of the arrests were for international terrorism, almost all linked to Islamist extremism.
But the number of right-wing extremists arrested also rose to a record high after a neo-Nazi group called National Action in December became the first extreme Right-wing group to be banned as a terrorist organisation.
The surge in far-right extremism led to a jump in the number of white people being arrested, up from 68 to 113.
The Home Office released the latest figures as police and MI5 have said they are dealing with an unprecedented threat from Islamist terrorists planning attacks in the UK.
The statistics were released as the European Union’s own law enforcement agency warned about the threat from home-grown “stay-at-home” jihadists.