Thursday, May 13News For London

Women arrested for terrorism increased in 2015

The number of women arrested for terrorism related crimes arose in 2015 compared to 2014, a government’s official statistics says.

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Scotland Yard’s headquarters in London. The police is using the Terrorism Act 2000 to tackle terrorism related offences in the UK. Sources: Lukes_photos

The survey, released by the Home Office on Thursday, reveals that 44 women were arrested in 2015, showing an increase of 15 compared with previous year. 40 of them were alleged to have links with international terrorist organizations operating mainly in the Middle East.

Despite the overall number of arrests by the Metropolitan Police decreased in 2015 in Great Britain (280 arrests, a decrease of 9 compared with 2014), the number of women involved in terrorism related offences is in sharp growth since 9/11.

The statistics also refers a new trend: there has been an increase of people aged over 30 involved in those crimes.

Youngsters aged 18-20 have been halved from 46 in 2014 to 23 in 2015, but young people under 18 arose from 10 in 2014 to 16 in 2015.

Data of people arrested by age group in 2014 and 2015. Sources: Home Office.
Data of people arrested by age group in 2014 and 2015. Sources: Home Office.

Just less than 80% of the arrested were British citizens or were holding a British dual nationality, showing a considerable increase since 9/11.

The survey also shows data on the charges. It mentions: “Of the 280 persons arrested in the year ending December 2015, 96 (34%) have been charged with an offence, and 109 (39%) have been released without charge. A further 64 (23%) persons were bailed to return and 11 (4%) faced alternative action.”

Of the 83 people charged with terrorism related offences in 2015, 40 were awaiting prosecution, while 40 were prosecuted and 38 of them were convicted.

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Number of arrests since 2013 and the legislations. Source: Home Office

The above data came out from the operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000, implemented in the UK to tackle the growth of international terrorism since the 9/11 attacks.

The UK government has also worked to prevent radicalisation and involvement in terrorism. In 2012 it launched the Channel Programme, aiming to “provide support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to be drawn into terrorism.”