Terror Arrests Reach Record Level in U.K

December 16, 2015 | Brainwave Science


According to the U.K Home Office quarterly bulletin, 315 terror suspects – a record high – have been arrested in the U.K in the past year, with confirmed seven terror plots on U.K-soil known to be thwarted. The 31 percent rise in the number of suspects arrested for international-related terrorism is not only a reflection of the mounting terrorist threat from the Islamic State, but also the determined effort by the police and security services to address it.

“The Home Office figures for the twelve months to September 2015 show that nearly 40 percent (124) of those arrested have been charged; 22 percent (68) were released on bail; and 37 percent (115) were released without charge.” Mark Rowley, UK Chief of Counterterrorism, said, the type of terrorist threat to the UK has been ‘complex’ and ranges from “lone actors intent on carrying out crude and violent attacks to sophisticated networks set on completing ambitious and coordinated plots.” The upward trend in police arrests started since the Syrian conflict, and compellingly illustrates the growing scale of terrorism threat in UK.


One major concern for counterterrorism and intelligence units are suspects who had left to Syria, where the Islamist extremist group controls a swathe of territory. They pose as serious potential terrorist suspects to law enforcement officials for possibilities that they were trained by ISIS to bring back violence upon return. According to UK Police, more than 700 potential terror suspects are now thought to have travelled to Syria, and about half of those people – said to be of ‘significant concern’ – are believed to have since returned to the UK.

While the extent of the threat is at an unparalleled peak, Rowley remarks, the intelligence capability is diminishing. He continues, “We have terrorist cases in the past year where surveillance gaps have meant that where the plot has developed we have been unsighted on exact details of what they are planning.” Changes in technology such as more encryption, more use of social media, and more apps that lend to blind spots are enabling terrorists to recruit, plot and plan attacks. The growing threat of ISIS and the intelligence agencies’ inability to access data early enough represent alarming drawbacks that present security forces face.


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The security minister of U.K, John Hayes, said, “We are determined to detect, disrupt and where possible, prosecute all terrorist threats to the U.K.” Built and created to fulfill this very mission expressed by John Hayes, iCognative embodies the next revolutionary form of technology that will lead the way to robust security for all law enforcement operations worldwide. Hayes also noted, “At a time of a very significant threat, it is vital [police and security services] have the powers they need to protect the British public.” The scale of the global challenge is indubitably prevalent, thus it is the moral responsibility for providers of security solutions to empower law enforcement with the right tools and technology, such that of iCognative.