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

Terrorism arrests have reached an all time high

The United Kingdom made a record number of terrorism-related arrests over the past year, newly-released government data show.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said: 'We're taking every possible opportunity to disrupt terrorist activity be it making arrests for terrorism offences, intervening where there are signs of radicalisation, or working with communities to prevent terrorists operating in their area'.

The British Home Office said that the latest figures include the dozens of arrests that have been made following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this summer.

A breakdown of the figures show that 54 of the arrested suspects were women - the largest female proportion on record - and 17 people held were under the age of 18.

The figures have soared by 68 per cent since a year ago, reaching the highest level since records began.

It also includes the 12 arrests made in relation to March's Westminster Bridge attack and the 23 which came after the attack on Manchester Arena.

Eight people were murdered by three jihadis who drove a van across London Bridge before attacking people with knives in Borough Market in June.

It also includes the one arrest made after the vehicle attack made near Finsbury Park Mosque in late June.

The United Kingdom has suffered a series of terror attacks this year. Meanwhile, 189 were released without charge.

"We have to constantly balance what is a proportionate and necessary investigation against the numbers we are looking at and I am very confident we will continue to do that to the best of our ability".

Police and MI5 are running 500 investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time, while there are also 20,000 former "subjects of interest" whose risk must be kept under review.

Since mid-2013, the authorities have thwarted 19 plots - including six since the Westminster attack.

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