Terror stop and search falls 90%
Thursday 13 October 2011
Police use of stop and search powers under terrorism laws fell by more than 90% last year, figures showed today.
Just 9,652 stops and searches were made under terrorism laws in 2010/11, compared with 102,504 in 2009/10, the Home Office figures showed.
The significant fall comes after the relevant sections of the Terrorism Act 2000 were repealed and replaced by much more limited powers in March following concerns from human rights campaigners.
The stops led to a total of 77 arrests, less than one in every 100 searches, and none of these were terror-related. This compared with a total of 509 arrests using the powers the previous year, two of which were related to terrorism.
A total of 119 terrorists and extremists were in prison in Great Britain at the end of March, with 97 classed as terrorism-related, the figures showed.
Some 49 were either remanded or convicted under terrorism legislation and 32 were in jail over terrorism-related offences which were not prosecuted under terrorism legislation.
Twenty-two were classified as domestic extremists or separatists and none of these were on remand.
Four were convicted before the introduction of the Terrorism Act 2000.
The figures also showed there were 121 terrorism arrests last year, down from 178 in 2009/10, and lower than the annual average of 206 since 2002/3.
There have been 1,963 terrorism arrests since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
A total of 35 terrorists were released from jail in England and Wales last year, 19 of whom had served sentences of more than four years, the figures showed. Four of these were deported and one left voluntarily.
One terrorist was also released from a Scottish prison..
Two fifths of defendants charged with terrorism offences in trials completed during the last year were convicted, along with all of those suspected terrorists charged under non-terrorism laws.
A total of 13 were jailed immediately, with four given life sentences, two jailed for between 10 and 30 years and seven jailed for less than 10 years, the figures showed.
Of the 121 suspected terrorists arrested in 2010/11, 45 were charged, 63 were released without charge and 13 had alternative action taken against them.
Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Mother of newborn Baby No 59 trapped in sewer pipe told Chinese police she 'heard crying' when she raised alarm
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
AirAsia QZ8501: Black box reveals warning alarms 'screamed' before crash, as more bodies recovered from near fuselage of jet
Rob Lowe hits out at White House decision not to meet Israeli leader
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
- 1 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 This crazy skiing video will leave you feeling queasy