299 people were arrested in the 12 months that ended in March in the UK on suspicion of terrorism-related crimes. According to officials, this is the highest figure since records started being kept after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
The increase in the terror arrest is mainly due to the security need for police and intelligence services to cope with the influence of Islamic State fundamentalists to British nationals. Officials stressed that a “marked increase” was observed in the number of suspects who are either British or dual nationals. It is well-known to all national security services in Europe, that the IS propaganda is winning youthful followers via social media. The terrorist group even encourages young women and teens, to travel to Syria and Iraq to join the fundamentalists and marry terrorists. According to the data by the Home Office, the number of women arrested in the UK increased substantially to 35. That represents a threefold increase over five years, officials stressed. Overall, the number of people arrested, represents a 31 percent increase over the previous 12 months.
A Home Office statistical bulletin setting out the data said: “Since 11 September 2001 the numbers of terrorism-related arrests have fluctuated.
“There was an initial spike in the number of arrests in the period soon after the September 11 attacks on the US and around the time that the US-led invasion of Afghanistan was beginning.
“There was a large increase in the number of arrests in the period immediately after the 7 July London bombings, where the number of arrests was at its highest since the data collection was established. Soon after this, the number of terrorism-related arrests declined, until late 2010.
“In late 2010, the Arab Springs began, and throughout the years since the initial uprising, the number of terrorism-related arrests in Great Britain has seen a steady rise.”