Ter­ror-re­lated ar­rests fall by third

Western Daily Press - - Uk & World News -

AR­RESTS for ter­ror­ism-re­lated ac­tiv­ity have fallen by nearly a third, of­fi­cial fig­ures show.

The num­ber of sus­pects held in the year to the end of Septem­ber, 317, was down by 31% com­pared with 462 in the pre­vi­ous year.

The Home Of­fice said the de­crease is partly due to a rel­a­tively large num­ber of ar­rests in the 12 months from Oc­to­ber 2016 - a pe­riod which in­cluded in­ves­ti­ga­tions in the wake of the at­tacks in Lon­don and Manch­ester.

Po­lice say the fall should not be seen as an in­di­ca­tion of a re­duc­tion in the threat.

Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Dean Hay­don, se­nior na­tional co-or­di­na­tor for counter-ter­ror­ism polic­ing, said: “This is the fourth con­sec­u­tive year where we’ve seen the num­ber of counter-ter­ror­ism re­lated ar­rests ex­ceed 300 - a level that hadn’t been reached since we be­gan to record this data in 2001. It re­flects the fact we have seen a gen­uine step-change in ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity, but equally, that we are meet­ing this with in­creased ac­tiv­ity.”

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