Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Record 400 Terror Inquiry Arrests

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Record 400 Terror Inquiry Arrests

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Byline: Justin Davenport and Nicholas Cecil

THE number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations in the UK has reached a record high, figures revealed today.

A total of 400 people were held over terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September up 54 per cent on the previous 12 months.

This was the highest tally since data collection started in 2001. Of those held, 58 of were female also the highest number on record.

The Home Office said the increase was partly due to a surge of arrests after the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this year. The figures show that 115 arrests or 29 per cent resulted in charges, of which 97 were terror-related. A total of 213 people were released without charge, 60 were released on bail pending investigation and 11 faced "alternative action". One case was described as "pending".

Security minister Ben Wallace said police and security services "have been clear that we are facing a shift rather than a short-term spike in the terrorist threat". …

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