General Article Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000: quarterly update to December 2018

Topic Selected: Terrorism Book Volume: 355

An extract from the Home Office statistical bulletin.

Key findings

Arrests and outcomes

There were 273 arrests for terrorism-related activity in the year ending 31 December 2018, a decrease of 41% compared with the 465 arrests in the previous year. The fall is partly due to a relatively large number of arrests in the previous reporting year in the wake of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester. 

Of the 273 arrests for terrorism-related activity:

  • 102 (37%) resulted in a charge, of which 81 were charged with terrorism-related offences
  • 99 people arrested (36%) were released without charge
  • 23 (8%) persons were released on bail pending further investigation
  • 17 (6%) faced alternative action
  • 32 (12%) cases were pending at the time of data provision.

Of the 81 persons charged with a terrorism-related offence, 38 had been prosecuted, all of whom had been convicted. A to

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