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412 people held on terror related charges in the past year

Terror arrests in Britain hit a record high last year, official figures show. Terror suspects were arrested in record numbers last year as security services confronted a surge in both Islamist and …


Terror arrests in Britain hit a record high last year, official figures show.

Terror suspects were arrested in record numbers last year as security services confronted a surge in both Islamist and extreme far-right activity.

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The Home Office said the rise in figures came due to the high number of arrests following terror attacks in London and Manchester last year

Official figures show there were 412 arrests for terrorism-related offences in Britain in 2017.

The 412 total marked an increase of 58 per cent on 2016 and the first time the tally has topped 300 for a calendar year.

A Home Office bulletin said the increase was partly due to a large number of arrests after attacks in London and Manchester.
Security chiefs have described the scale of the threat being confronted as unprecedented.

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Police and MI5 are running more than 600 live counter-terror investigations relating to 3,000 individuals.

Police and MI5 are running more than 600 live counter-terror investigations relating to 3,000 individuals.

There is also a wider pool of 20,000 former "subjects of interest" who have previously featured in probes and who are kept under review.

Britain was hit by five attacks in 2017, while counter-terror agencies made an unprecedented number of interventions to thwart suspected attack planning.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the figures were “testament” to the work of the police and Security Service.

He added: "The police and Security Service have been clear about the scale of the threat we face.
"We will continue to work with them and other agencies to ensure we have a broad response to all forms of terrorism both now and in the future."

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