Operation of police powers under the Terrorism act 2000 and subsequent legislation: arrests, outcomes and stops and searches: Great Britain 2010/11

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Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Home Office statistical bulletin; 15/11
Criminal Justice Services, Legislation
Social welfare
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Report from the Home Office on the use of the Terrorism act 2000, and subsequent legislation, by police forces in Great Britain during the period 2010/11. There were 121 terrorism arrests in 2010/11, down from 178 in 2009/10 and lower than the annual average of 206 since 1 April 2002. Since 11 September 2001 there have been a total of 1,963 terrorism arrests. Thirty-seven per cent of terrorism arrests in 2010/11 resulted in a charge, up two percentage points on 2009/10. This compares with 46 per cent of those aged 18 and over arrested for recorded crime offences and prosecuted in 2010/11. Fifty-two per cent of those arrested for suspected terrorism offences were released without charge and the remaining 11 per cent were dealt with under alternative action. Forty-two per cent of charges resulting from terrorism arrests in 2010/11 were terrorism-related as compared with 60 per cent since 11 September 2001. The main offences for which suspects were charged under terrorism legislation since 2001 were possession of an article for terrorist purposes, fundraising and preparation for terrorist acts. In 2010/11, 21 (42%) of the 50 persons arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism act 2000 were held in pre-charge detention for less than a day. All detainees left detention within seven days, after which they were charged, released or further alternative action was taken.

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