Terror related arrests reach record high

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United Kingdom law enforcement made a record number of terrorism-related arrests in the past year.

The British Home Office said that the latest figures include the dozens of arrests that have been made following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this summer.

There were 379 arrests for terrorism-related offences in Britain in the year ending June 2017, more than one a day and a 68% increase year on year.

The number of people arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences has risen by more than two thirds in a year to a record high.

However, while the number of arrests soared to a record high, the majority did not lead to prosecutions.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said: "We would describe this as a shift not a spike".

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The figures show roughly half of the people arrested were released without being charged. As such the data leaves open the possibility that some suspects were arrested multiple times.

The United Kingdom has suffered a series of terror attacks this year.

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

Twelve of the arrests came after a man drove his vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in March.

The majority of terrorist prisoners (91 per cent) held Islamist views, while five per cent held far right views and the other four per cent followed ideologies classified as "other", according to official data. 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.

Since mid-2013, the authorities have thwarted 19 plots - including six since the Westminster attack.

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