Operation of police powers under the Terrorism act 2000 and subsequent legislation: arrests, outcomes and stops and searches: Great Britain 2011/12

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Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
1 September 2012
Home Office statistical bulletin; 11/12
Criminal Justice Services, Legislation
Social welfare
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Statistical bulletin from the Home Office on the use of the Terrorism act 2000, and subsequent legislation, by police forces in Great Britain for the period 2011/12. During the period there were 206 terrorism arrests, thirty-five per cent of which resulted in a charge. Forty-eight per cent of those arrested for suspected terrorism offences were released without charge and the remaining seventeen per cent had alternative action taken against them. The main offences for which persons were charged under terrorism legislation since 2001 were possession of an article for terrorist purposes, preparation for terrorist acts and fundraising. Of the fifty persons arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism act 2000 in 2011/12, exactly half were held in detention for less than 2 days before charge, release or other action. All but three detainees were held in pre-charge detention for seven days or less; those held for longer were held for no more than 12 days, and were subsequently charged by the police. Since the extension of the pre-charge detention period from 14 to 28 days in 2006, 11 persons have been held for over 14 days and six for the full period of 28 days. The maximum period of pre-charge detention under the Terrorism act 2000 was reduced from 28 days to 14 days on 25 January 2011.

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