The number of people arrested on terror-related offences in the UK has reached record levels, Home Office figures reveal.

In the 12 months to March, 299 people were detained for terror offences, an increase of nearly a third from the year before. From that number, 118 were charged with an offence.

The number of arrests is significantly more than the previous peak of 284 arrests in 2005, the year London was struck by the 7/7 attacks.

There was also a rise in the number of those arrested for terror offences who described themselves as British of British dual nationality, which accounted for more than 75% of those arrested for the offences in 2014/15, the Home Office said.

A large part of the increase came from the number of 18 to 20-year-olds arrested, which more than doubled from the previous years from 20 to 43.

The Home Office statistical bulletin reporting the number those arrested and charged with terror offences has been published regularly since 2001, following the 9/11 terror attacks in new York. The total number of people arrested on terrorism charges since 2001 is just under 3,000.


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