Record number of terror-related arrests

A record number of people have been arrested for terrorism-related offences, according to official figures.

The Home Office has announced that there were 379 arrests in Britain in the 12 months to June.

The figures include the dozens of arrests that took place following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this summer.

Sky News Home Affairs Correspondent Mark White said: “This 379 arrest figure is 68% higher than the 226 people who were arrested for the same period the year before.

“Significantly, it’s the highest number of arrests in a year since they began recording terror arrest statistics back in 2001 after the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in the US.

“Of these 379 terrorist arrests over the last year, 12 were related to the terror attack on Westminster, 23 relating to the attacks in the Manchester Arena bombing and 21 arrests relating to the attack some time later at London Bridge.

“It has been an exceptional year in terms of the way in which the police operations and intelligence services have been gathering intelligence and trying to bring people to justice after three terrorist attacks in quick succession.”

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Source: Sky News