Record toll of women in ter­ror plots

Daily Express - - NEWS - By John Twomey

A RECORD num­ber of women were ar­rested by anti-ter­ror po­lice last year. Fifty-six fe­males were among 441 peo­ple de­tained, ac­cord­ing to Home Of­fice fig­ures.

They in­cluded Bri­tain’s first all­women ter­ror cell who plot­ted at­tacks in West­min­ster and the Bri­tish Mu­seum.

The surge in ar­rests was largely down to po­lice oper­a­tions.

Since 2001, 4,182 sus­pects have been held. On av­er­age, one ter­ror­ist plot has been thwarted ev­ery month over the past year.

Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Ben Wal­lace said: “In­ter­ven­ing early is cen­tral to our strength­ened coun­tert­er­ror­ism strat­egy.”

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