Record 400 terror arrests in Great Britain in 12 months

Lloyd Doyle
December 8, 2017

The Islamic extremist threat to the United Kingdom is at an unprecedented scale and has increased "dramatically" over the past year, MI5 Director-General Andrew Parker revealed last month.

Andrew Parker, the Director General of Britain's domestic security service MI5.

The largest rise was seen for suspects of "white ethnic appearance", the Home Office said, with the number of arrests rising by 77 per cent since the previous year, making up 36 per cent of the total.

In March a man drove a van at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in central London, climbed out and then stabbed a police officer to death outside the Houses of Parliament before being shot by police.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd disclosed earlier this week that MI5 and police have now thwarted 22 Islamist plots since the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013. In September a bomb went off on a Tube train at Parsons Green in west London, injuring several people.

The figures show that of the arrests made over the year: 115 (29%) resulted in a charge, of which 97 (84%) were charged with terrorism-related offences; 213 (53%) were released without charge; 60 (15%) were released on bail pending further investigation; 11 (3%) faced "alternative action"; and one case was pending.

It was also revealed that 58 of those held were female - the highest number on record.

There have also been allegations that Prince George may have been the target of a separate plot.

A total of 78 terrorism trials saw just nine people acquitted and nearly 90 per cent convicted.

"What that says to me is that thanks to good intelligence-led policing, arrests happen only when there is operational evidence that can be used to convict, and convict is what it does", he told Sputnik.

The 54 per cent increase was caused in part by 64 people being held after attacks in Manchester and London.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said: 'The statistics we are publishing today demonstrate the breadth of work that they undertake, alongside the rest of the criminal justice system, day in and day out to keep us safe.

But Professor Glees said Brexit was in fact another threat, on the basis the United Kingdom would be forced to leave Europol, the Europe-wide police organization. The powers allow the police to stop and search people without the need for reasonable suspicion that they are involved in terrorism.

"More women have been arrested because more are turning to violent extremism..."

That is a leap of 54 per cent on the previous year as the ISIS-inspired threat to Britain became yet more unsafe.

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