Arrests made by counter-terrorism officers in UK rise by 68% across past 12 months

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

Arrests made by counter-terrorism officers in the UK have risen by more than 50% in the year up to the end of June 2017 as the police and the Security and Intelligence Services have continued their efforts to make the UK a hostile place for terrorists. The arrest figures released by the Home Office reflect the increasing pace of activity by police right across the UK’s counter-terrorism network as they tackle the current threat. 

A total of 379 arrests were made in the year to June 2017, compared to 226 in the preceding year. This represents a 68% increase.

Metropolitan Police Service Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing, stated: “There’s no doubt that, since March, and following on from the attacks in London and Manchester, we’ve seen a sea change in momentum. While the terrorist threat has increased in recent months, so too has our own activity, as is reflected by this significant increase in arrests.”

Basu continued: “We’re taking every possible opportunity to disrupt terrorist activity, be it by making arrests for terrorism offences, intervening where there are signs of radicalisation or working with communities to prevent terrorists from operating in their area. The police service, together with the Security and Intelligence Services, is determined to make the UK as hostile an environment for terrorists as possible.”

Since the Westminster attack back in March, there have been six terrorist plots foiled on the mainland by the police and the UK’s intelligence community, bringing the number of foiled plots to 19 since June 2013.

The Home Office figures also show the broad spectrum of those individuals being arrested in connection with terrorism investigations in terms of their age, gender and ethnicity.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Basu added: “The public has a vital role to play in helping us to combat terrorism, but what these figures show is that there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ terrorist. We’re seeing young and old, women and men, all from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds and communities. It’s therefore important that members of the public remain vigilant in all situations and report any suspicious activity to the police.”

*Suspicious activity can be reported in confidence via the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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