Terrorism-related arrests in United Kingdom hit record high, officials say

Terror police have had to deal with attacks in Manchester and London this year

The figure jumped by more than 150 to 379 in the year to June, the highest since records began in 2001.

The increase was reflected in both the domestic and foreign terrorism categories, with domestic-related arrests rising from 10 to 52.

The number of people arrested over terrorism-related offences increased by 68 per cent to 379 in the year to June, the Home Office reports.

The number of terrorists in British prisons has also risen over the past year - by 35 per cent to 204.

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

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

The senior officer said the figures should reassure the public that police and MI5 are working "night and day" to disrupt and arrest people "who are determined to hurt us". As such the data leaves open the possibility that some suspects were arrested multiple times.

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The UK has suffered a torrid year of terror attacks, with five killed in the Westminster Bridge attack, 22 dying in the Manchester Arena bombing and eight killed in the London Bridge atrocity.

And there was one arrest following another attack in June, when a van was driven into worshippers near a mosque in north London, killing one man. 189 were released without charge.

This category refers to activity linked to or motivated by any terrorist group that is based outside the United Kingdom which operates in and from third countries, such as Islamic State.

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

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

Nineteen terrorist plots have been thwarted in the last four years, including six since the Westminster attack in March. "The tempo is increasing", UK Security Minister Ben Wallace told the Independent.

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