Women, teenagers among 315 terror suspects arrested in 12 months in UK
Britain has released new figures showing “a dramatic rise” in the number of people arrested for terrorism-related offences.
According to the Home Office quarterly bulletin, a record 315 suspects including women and teenagers were arrested in the past year.
The data shows that the number of women arrested was more than doubled from 21 to 50 in the last 12 months to September, while teenager detainees reached 15 which is the highest level ever. “The majority of the increase in the number of women getting arrested has been linked to international-related terrorism,” the report said.
The figure, which shows a 31% increase on the previous year, is the highest since the Home Office began collecting data in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 incidents in the United States. The last highest figure was 284 in 2005, the year which is remembered with the 7 July attacks when terrorists carried out a series of coordinated attacks in London.
Officials say the rise included a 41% increase in those who considered themselves Asian and 25% white. According to the detailed Home Office figures, nearly 40% of the detainees were charged, a further 22% were released on bail, and 37% were released without charge.
The bulletin says the wide-ranging nature of terrorism investigations can lead to fluctuations in the number of arrests from one quarter to the next. “Furthermore, individual investigations involving multiple suspects are likely to cause an increase in the figures more than investigations involving small numbers of suspects,” it adds.
The rise in detention is mainly driven by flurry of arrests in the weeks after authorities raised the level of threat from ISIL terrorists. Since September 2001, more than 3,000 people have been arrested on terror-related offences in Britain.