Arrests for terrorism in the UK increased 11% from last year

Arrests for terrorism in the UK increased 11% from last year

Arrests for terrorism in the UK increased 11% from last year

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Police Officer in High Visibility Jacket that reads “Police” (Alamy / PA)

Arrests for terrorism have increased by 11% in the last year, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior.

Police in the UK arrested 203 people for terrorism-related activities in the year ending 30 June 2022, 20 more than in the previous 12-month period.

Of those arrested, 94 (46%) were released under investigation, while 50 (25%) were released without being charged.

As of Thursday, around 49 suspects (24%) had been charged and 10 (5%) faced alternative actions, including a reprimand or a prison recall.

As in previous years, most of the suspects were men and Britons, with only five of the 203 arrested being women.

About 75% of them were British or dual British citizens.

Of those arrested, 16% were young people under the age of 18, although the main demographic was men over 30 (41%).

As of Thursday, 66 people had been tried in court for terrorism-related offenses, with high convictions, at 88%.

The number of people detained and searched by the Metropolitan Police under Section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000 has also decreased by 12% in the past year.

About 396 people were searched by law enforcement in the year to June 30, compared to 452 in the previous 12 months.

Of the latest searches, 30 (8%) led to arrest, two percentage points less than the previous year, when 47 people (10%) were arrested.

Since 2019, the Met has progressively reduced the number of stops and searches carried out.

In this year, approximately 699 were conducted by the force over a period of 12 months.

The digital world is playing an important role in this, with terrorist content and propaganda unfortunately accessible to young people online

The Interim Senior National Coordinator of the Counter-Terrorism Police, Commander Richard Smith

Interim Senior National Counter-Terrorism Police Coordinator Commander Richard Smith said: “Terrorist arrests in the UK have increased 11% year-on-year and this reflects an increase in our operational activity from the easing of related restrictions. to the pandemic.

“The most troubling element of this, however, is the continuing increase in the number of children being arrested for extremely serious terrorist offenses.

“The digital world is playing an important role in this, with terrorist content and propaganda unfortunately accessible to young people online.

“We have specialized teams and officers working with other international law enforcement and the technology industry to combat this and terrorist material is continually being removed. But we also need the public, and particularly parents, to be aware and aware of the dangers that online extremists and terrorists can pose to their children.

“There is support available for anyone who is embarking on a path to radicalization, so I urge those who may have doubts about someone they know to act in advance and seek help and advice.

“You can visit our website or call the dedicated support line, but please contact us before it’s too late. We would much prefer to help and support young people rather than arrest them for serious terrorist offenses ”.

Anyone who is concerned about someone and thinks they may be at risk of radicalization can find advice and support at www.actearly.uk or call the ACT Early Support Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, to share concerns with specially trained officers .

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