UK terror arrests soar to record high as Manchester and London atrocities lead to 54% jump

Number of suspects held in terror investigations rises

23 arrests were made in connection with the Manchester terror attack

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations has reached a record high, official figures reveal.

A total of 400 people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September - the highest tally since data collection started in 2001 and a jump of 54% compared with the previous year. 

The Home Office said the increase was partly due to a large number of arrests made following the spate of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

The 400 total includes 64 arrests made in connection with the Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green attacks.

There were 12 for Westminster, 23 for Manchester, 21 for London Bridge, one for Finsbury Park and seven for Parsons Green. 

A Home Office statistical bulletin said: "As a result, the number of arrests in the year to 30 September 2017 was the highest since the data collection began."

The figures show that of the arrests made over the year 115 resulted in a charge, of which 97 were charged with terrorism-related offences. A total of 213 were released without charge, 60 were released on bail pending further investigation, 11 faced "alternative action" and one case was pending.