Record number of terrorism arrests made in United Kingdom in past year

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The Home Office announced that 379 people were arrested in the 12 months to June - the highest number of arrests since collection of data began in 2001 - as the United Kingdom suffered an intense period of deadly attacks carried out by Islamists.

They also include many arrests related to British jihadis attempting to travel to or returning from fighting for ISIS in the Middle East, or for spreading the terror group's propaganda.

TERROR related arrests have surged to a new record high, with suspects held at a rate of more than one every day as security services confront an unprecedented threat.

The figures include the dozens of arrests that took place following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this summer.

Arrests jumped by 68% year on year, with the increase partly driven by activity mounted amid a flurry of terrorist incidents in four months earlier this year.

Twelve of the arrests came after a man drove his vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in March.

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However, while the number of arrests soared to a record high, the majority did not lead to prosecutions.

"That's why we're looking at such a high number, but they are still pretty significant".

Of those arrested, 50% were eventually released without charge, while 105 people were charged with terror-related offences.

The police and MI5 are typically running about 500 investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any time, and at least 20,000 former "subjects of interest" are also kept under review, according to the Sky News website.

The Home Office said that 91 per cent of those in jail were Islamic extremists while five per cent were far-right extremists.

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

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