UK Terror Arrests Up by 17%, Highest Number of Terrorist Prisoners Since 2009

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Police, together with the security services, are determined to make the UK as hostile an environment for terrorists as possible, according to the head of Counter Terrorism Policing in Britain, who commented on fresh policing stats.

The number of arrests by anti-terror officers in the UK has risen by 17 percent in 2018. The UK Home office released the figures revealing in the year to March 2018, 441 arrests were made, compared to 378 in the preceding year,

In 2017, Britain suffered a number of terror attacks, including the Westminster attack in March, Manchester arena bombing in May, London Bridge and Borough Market attack in June and Parson Green explosion in September.

The arrest figures include:

 

  • 23 arrests in connection with the Manchester Arena terrorist attack (22 May 2017)
  • 21 arrests in connection with the London Bridge attack (3 June 2017)
  • 1 arrest in connection with the Finsbury Park Mosque attack (19 June 2017)
  • 7 arrests in connection with the Parsons Green attack (15 September 2017)

 

“With the terrorist attacks of 2017 we saw a genuine step-change in momentum. As a result, our operational activity increased to meet the new and emerging threats we now face. A year on and our activity continues to be at unprecedented levels; shown, not least, by the fact that, in the past year, working together with the security services we have stopped an average of one terrorist attack every month. Police, together…

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