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There are also 20,000 former “subjects of interest” whose risk must be kept under review, while experts have warned that the risk may be far greater than previously realised as the line between non-violent and violent extremism “blurs”.
Security services face questions over threat assessments following revelations that perpetrators in the Westminster, Manchester and London attacks were known over extremism but had not been detained.
The Special Air Service (SAS) is an all-volunteer special forces regiment that is the envy of the world.
I realise the phrase ‘envy of the world’ is often lazily trotted out in reference to all sorts of British institutions — from the NHS to our education system — but it is still actually true of the SAS.
Police are arresting a record number of people for suspected terror offences in the UK as the security forces continue to increase efforts to combat the threat.
New figures released on Thursday by the Home Office showed terror-related arrests in the 2016/17 financial year increased by almost a fifth.
Of 304 arrests, 108 resulted in a charge including 91 specifically for terror offences and 100 people were released without charge.
The Home Office figures showed “international terrorism” accounted for three-quarters of the terror-related arrests, while 16 per cent were logged in the domestic terrorism bracket.
The increase in arrests was driven by a sharp rise in the number of individuals from white ethnic groups held, up from 68 in 2015/16 to 113, and the number of British nationals arrested has passed 2,000 for the first time since current records began.