The Home Office revealed today that the number of terrorist-related arrests in Britain has risen by 68% over the course of the last year.
The figures reveal that there were 379 arrests in Britain in the 12 months to June; a figure which is up from 226 the previous year.
The figures include 12 arrests that were made in relation to the Westminster attack on 22nd March, 23 arrests that were made in relation to the Manchester Arena bombing on 22nd June, 21 arrests that were made in relation to the London Bridge attack on 3rd June and 1 arrest that was made in relation to the Finsbury Park mosque attack on 19th June.
Sky News Home Affairs Correspondent, Mark White, said:
“This 379 arrest figure is 68% higher than the 226 people who were arrested for the same period the year before.
Significantly, it’s the highest number of arrests in a year since they began recording terror arrest statistics back in 2001 after the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in the US.
It has been an exceptional year in terms of the way in which the police operations and intelligence services have been gathering intelligence and trying to bring people to justice after three terrorist attacks in quick succession.”
Out of the 379 arrests, 70% considered themselves to be British, 14% were women and 4% were under 18s.
What is perhaps most interesting about the arrests is that we can see a sharp increase in the number of white people being arrested of suspicion of terror offences (127 arrests up from 66 the previous year). Of course, this plays along with the mainstream media’s narrative of us having a problem with “far right” extremists in the country.
Despite this, however, the Home Office have revealed that out of the 379 arrests, only 123 of the suspects were actually charged (105 with terror offences). British prisons saw the number of terrorist inmates rise to 204 people this year (up 35% from last year). The majority of these prisoners (91%) held Islamist views, while only 5% were noted as holding “far right views”.
Could it be that our country’s security forces are incorrectly focusing on “far right” extremism when it’s really Islamic extremism that we should be paying attention to? It certainly seems that way. It was only two months ago that Defend Europa reported that Muslims are responsible for 96.7% of terrorist-related murders in Britain since the millennium.