Terrorism arrests hit 400 after London and Manchester attacks

Anti-terror police take down a suspect in east London during the London Bridge attack probe. Figures released today show UK police arrested a record 400 terror suspects in the last year

The quarterly Home Office bulletin on the police use of their counter-terrorism powers shows that, so far, 115 of the 400 people arrested have been charged, 213 were released without charge and 60 released on bail pending further investigation.

There was also a leap in arrests for "domestic" terrorism, up from 20 in the year to September 2016 to 73 in the latest period.

In the 12 months to September, the terror-related trials of 78 people were completed - an increase of 16% on the previous year - of whom 69 were convicted and nine acquitted.

New police figures have revealed that a record number of women were arrested for terrorism offences past year.

Of those held, a record 58 were female, while 18 of them were aged under 18.

Domestic terrorism refers to activity where there are no links to either Northern Ireland-related or global terrorism.

Security minister Ben Wallace said the figures showed the seriousness of the threat facing the authorities.

The statistics we are publishing today demonstrate the breadth of work that they undertake, alongside the rest of the criminal justice system, day in and day out to keep us safe.

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"But this is not the totality of our work".

The figures reflect the growing threat from Islamist terrorism in Britain. Continues recent trend and chimes with warnings from security agencies that the threat is unprecedented.

In May 22 people were killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester by a suicide bomber and then in June three men in a van drove into revelers on London Bridge and began stabbing people in the Borough Market area before being gunned down by police marksmen.

The figures came just two days after Parker said that nine terror plots had been foiled in the United Kingdom in the past year.

"We're now running well over 500 live operations involving around 3,000 individuals known to be currently involved in extremist activity in some way".

At the same time Khuram Butt, the ringleader of the London Bridge attack, was being monitored for suspected attack planning but spies failed to detect his plot.

Security services now have 3,000 people under active investigation who are perceived to be an imminent threat, as well as a wider pool of 20,000 who have previously appeared on their radar.

The figures come on the same week that it was claimed the Manchester bombing in May could have been prevented "had the cards fell differently".

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