A spike in terror-related arrests shows that the threat of attacks in Britain is more intense than ever

    UK law enforcement made a record number of terrorism-related arrests in the past year. Even discounting arrests related to the Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, and Finsbury Park attacks, the number is much higher than previous years. Over 90% of terror-related detainees held Islamist extremist views.

The United Kingdom made a record number of terrorism-related arrests over the past year, newly-released government data show.

Police made 379 terrorism-related arrests between June 2016 and June 2017, according to Home Office statistics released on Thursday.

This marked a 68% increase in the number of arrests compared to the same period last year – when there were 226 terrorism-related arrests. It is an all-time high in the number of arrests since the government started recording data in 2001.

Home Office terrorism arrests

The graph above quotes statistics from the National Counter Terrorism Police Operations Centre, a branch from the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
Home Office

The number of people arrested was not made available in Wednesday’s release, nor would the Home Office provide it when asked. As such the data leaves open the possibility that some suspects were arrested multiple times.

Of the 379 arrests made last year:

    105 people were charged with terrorism-related offences 189 were released on bail.

Of the 105 who were charged with terror crimes:

    32 were prosecuted and found guilty 1 was found not guilty 68 are awaiting prosecution

Here is the data in full:

Home Office terrorism arrests

Home Office

Some of the arrests – 57 out of 379 – were linked to the Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, and Finsbury Park attacks this spring and summer.

But most were not, and even without those major incidents, terror would still have been up by 102 on the year before.

By the end of June this year, 204 people in the UK were in custody for terrorism-related offences in the country.

Of this number, 185 people – 91% – of them held Islamist extremist views, and ten others (5%) held far-right views. The remaining detainees held other unspecified views.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in Westminster, Manchester, and London Bridge. Hundreds of Facebook users hailed Cardiff man Darren Osborne as a “true hero” and “patriot” after he drove a van into pedestrians by the Finsbury Park Mosque, the Independent reported.

According to the Guardian, 19 terrorist plots have been foiled since June 2013. “The tempo is increasing,” UK Security Minister Ben Wallace told the Independent.

Britain is likely to face 20 to 30 more years of terrorist threats, Lord Evans, a former MI5 director-general warned in August.