A record number of women are being arrested for terrorism offences

Nick Reilly
The number of terror arrests is on the rise (Picture: REX)

New police figures have revealed that a record number of women were arrested for terrorism offences last year.

The figures, which were released by the Home Office, revealed that a record 58 women were arrested in the year leading up to the end of September – along with 18 people under the age of 18.

It was also revealed that a total of 400 people are held on suspicion of terrorism-related offences, a rate of more than one everyday.

Explaining the sharp rise, the Home Office claimed that the increase was partly down to an increased amount of arrests made in the aftermath of attacks in London and Manchester.

The tally includes 12 arrests made in connection with the Westminster attack, 23 in connection with the Manchester Arena attack, and 21 connected to the London Bridge attack.

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A further seven arrests were made in connection with the Parsons Green attack and one linked to the Parsons Green attack.

An increase was also noted in the 73 arrests for ‘domestic’ terrorism, which refers to activity where there are no links to either international terror or Northern Ireland.

The figures come on the same week that it was claimed the Manchester bombing in May could have been prevented ‘had the cards fell differently’.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said: ‘The statistics we are publishing today demonstrate the breadth of work that they undertake, alongside the rest of the criminal justice system, day in and day out to keep us safe.

“But this is not the totality of our work. The whole of society must come together to challenge the terrorist threat.

“The public must remain alert but not alarmed and report any suspicions they have about unusual activity or behaviour to the appropriate authorities.”