Terrorism-related arrests and trials increase as number of far-right extremists reported to Prevent programme grows by 30%
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The number of arrests for terrorism-related offences in the UK jumped to 304 in the year ending March 2017, an increase of 18% on the previous year, while the number of completed trials for terrorism-related offences completed in the same period increased by 55%, from 51 to 79.
The change "was driven by an increase in arrests of people from 'white' ethnic groups," according to the Home Office, while a report in The Independent has revealed that "the number of suspected far-right extremists flagged to the Governments key anti-terror programme soared by 30 per cent in the past year."
The Home Office statistics also show that the use of powers under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allowing pre-charge detention of up to 14 days has decreased significantly over the last decade.
See: Home Office: Statistical news release: Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes, and stop and search, Great Britain, financial year ending 31 March 2017 (pdf)
And in more detail: Statistical bulletin 08/17 (pdf) which notes that:
"Since the year ending March 2007, there has been a decreasing proportion of arrests conducted under s.41 of TACT 2000 [Terrorism Act 2000] for terrorism-related offences. This power allows for the police to detain a suspect for a longer period of time than permitted under standard powers of arrest (currently a maximum of 14 days, compared with 4 days under standard powers). In the year ending March 2017, 2 in 10 arrests for terrorism-related offences were conducted under s.41 of TACT 2000, compared with around 9 in 10 arrests a decade ago."
"The increase in the total number of arrests for terrorism-related offences was driven by an increase in arrests of people from White ethnic groups. In the year ending March 2017, there were 113 arrests of White people, compared with 68 in the year ending March 2016 (an increase of 66%). The White ethnic group accounted for 37% of all terrorism-related arrests in the latest year, compared with 26% in the previous year."
A flow chart provides an overview of arrests and outcomes: Arrests and outcomes, year ending 31 March 2017 (pdf)
Statistical tables are available on the gov.uk website: Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000, financial year ending March 2017 (link)
See also: Number of far-right extremists flagged to Government terror unit soars 30% in a year (The Independent, link):
"The number of suspected far-right extremists flagged to the Governments key anti-terror programme soared by 30 per cent in the past year, The Independent has learnt.
The dramatic rise can be revealed after Muslim worshippers were mowed down outside a north London mosque in the early hours of Monday morning by a man driving a van in what police described as a terrorist attack.
The Governments counter-terror Prevent scheme championed by the Prime Minister during her time as Home Secretary has been criticised amid claims it has focused disproportionately on Islamic terrorism.
But just under a third of all people being monitored under the Channel programme in 2016/17 part of the Prevent terror prevention scheme believe in extreme right-wing ideologies and are vulnerable to radicalisation, according to unpublished Home Office figures. The figure rose from 25 per cent in 2015/16."
And: Terror arrests reach record high due to UK security threat (The Guardian, link):
"There were a record 304 terrorism arrests in the 12 months to March, the highest number since 9/11, as the police and security services tackled an unprecedented threat level.
Home Office statisticians said the increase was driven by a 66% rise in the number of white suspects arrested, up to 113 in the 12 months to March compared with 68 the previous year."
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