Terror-related arrests hit record high as threat gathers momentum

Terror-related arrests hit record high as threat gathers momentum

Terror-related arrests hit record high as threat gathers momentum

The increase was reflected in both the domestic and foreign terrorism categories, with domestic-related arrests rising from 10 to 52.

Terror-related arrests have surged to a new record high, with suspects held at a rate of more than one every day as security services confront a "momentum shift" in the threat.

British police made a record 379 arrests for terrorism-related offences a year ago, official figures show.

This represents a 68% increase on the previous year's figure of 226.

The number of people arrested was not made available in Wednesday's release, nor would the Home Office provide it when asked.

A total of 21 people were detained after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before attacking and stabbing people at nearby restaurants and bars, resulting in eight deaths, in June.

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

However, while the number of arrests soared to a record high, the majority did not lead to prosecutions.

Mark White explained: "Quite often what you see with the likes of a terrorist attack, a lot of people who are initially arrested - they could be family members, friends and associates of someone who has carried out an attack - but after questioning and detailed investigations these people are often 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 Home Office said that 91 per cent of those in jail were Islamic extremists while five per cent were far-right extremists.

Earlier this year, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed her officers had thwarted a number of plots, some of them were "very close to attacks, very close", some of them just "minutes away".

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