Hundreds of terrorism arrests, figures show

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MORE than 300 terrorism-related arrests have been made, latest figures from the Home Office show.

The 315 arrests were made in the year up to September.

There was a 31 per cent increase in the number of arrests for international-related terrorism.

And the number of women arrested more than doubled from 21 in to 50.

It comes after Tuhin Shahensha, 26, and Mustakim Jaman, 23, both of Hudson Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth, were jailed for six years at Kingston Crown Court for preparing terrorist acts.

They are the brothers of ‘celebrity jihadi’ Ifthekar Jaman, 23, who died after travelling to Syria to fight in 2013. He was one of a group of six men who went to the country. All but one have died, with the other jailed.

The number of under 18-year-olds arrested for terrorism-related offences almost doubled from eight in the year ending September 2014. The latest figures show 51 people were proceeded against, up from 30 in the previous year.

Of those 43 were convicted while eight were acquitted.

As of September, there were 170 people in jail for terrorism-related offences and domestic extremism or separatism.