Official Statistics

Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation, 2010 to 2011

Statistics relating to the Terrorism Act 2000, including arrests and their outcomes, as well as breakdowns of stops and searches made under the powers of the Act.

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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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Data tables - 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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Statistical News Release: 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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Detail

  • 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. Of these, 42 per cent were under terrorism legislation.
  • In 2010/11 no individuals were held in pre-charge detention for longer than 6 days. Six people have been held for the then maximum period of 28 days, since the extension of the pre-charge detention period in 2006. The maximum period for pre-charge detention was reduced to 14 days on 25 January 2011.
  • Two hundred and forty-six suspects have been convicted of a terrorism related offence since 11 September 2001.  All three of those individuals arrested and prosecuted in 2010/11 for terrorism related offences were convicted. Thirteen defendants were awaiting trial as at 31 March 2011.
  • There were 119 prisoners (both convicted and remanded) at 31 March 2011 classified as terrorists. This total comprised 97 terrorism related prisoners (including 4 historic cases), as well as 22 domestic extremists.
  • In 2010/11, 9,652 stops and searches were made under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, a fall of 91 per cent on 2009/10. This coincides with the repeal of s44 and its replacement with s47a.
  • In 2010/11 65,684 persons were stopped and examined in a border area in Great Britain under the powers under Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000. Of these, 2,288 persons were held for over one hour.