Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes and stops and searches - Quarterly update to 30 September 2012, Great Britain

This release brings together statistical material 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. Data presented here were submitted to the Home Office by the Association of Chief Police Officers, Crown Prosecution Service, National Offender Management Service, Scottish Prison Service and police forces in Great Britain, and cover the period up to 30 September 2012.

Headline figures from the bulletin show that in the year ending 30 September 2012:

  • There were 245 persons arrested in Great Britain for a terrorism-related offence.
  • Of those arrested, 45 persons were charged for a terrorism-related offence.
  • Of those arrested and charged for a terrorism-related offence, 18 were convicted and 25 were awaiting prosecution (as at 18 Jan 2013).
  • On 30 September 2012 there were 134 persons in prison custody for terrorism-related and extremist offences in Great Britain.
  • There has, as yet, been no use of new stop and search powers under section 47A of the Terrorism Act 2000 since they were formally brought into use on 18 March 2011.
  • The Metropolitan Police Service conducted 720 stops and searches under section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in the year ending 30 September 2012, a fall of 41 per cent on the 1,211 in the previous year.

More detailed information is available within the following four briefings:

Arrests and outcomes briefing and arrests and outcomes excel tables cover the number of persons arrested for terrorism-related offences, with outcomes, between 1 July 2010 and 30 September 2012, as well as a summary of all arrests and outcomes between 11 September 2001 and 30 September 2012.

Court proceedings briefing and court proceedings excel tables show details of court cases dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division between 1 July 2010 and 30 September 2012.

Terrorist and extremist prisoners briefing and terrorist and extremist prisoners excel tables give the number of terrorism-related and extremist prisoners in Great Britain as at 30 September 2012, and the number of prisoners released between 1 July 2010 and 30 September 2012.

Stop-search briefing and stop-search excel tables present data on stop and search procedures conducted by the police under sections 43, 44 and 47A of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Information about each briefing is available in the User Guide. The guide contains further information about the Terrorism Act 2000, explains categories and terminology used in the release and gives information about the data providers.

Future changes

The following changes are planned for the future, subject to data quality and available resources:

  • In order to make published figures as accessible as possible to a wide range of users, it is planned to publish tables in Open Document Spreadsheet (ODS) format rather than Microsoft Excel for future releases of these statistics. The aim is that users with most types of spreadsheet software, including Excel and open source software, will be able to download and use the ODS format workbooks in the same way as currently or with better functionality. If you have any comments on these plans please contact us via policestats@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.
  • On 27 March 2013 the Home Office website is planned to move to GOV.UK. From this date, releases of Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation will be available on GOV.UK.

Date: Thu Mar 21 09:30:00 GMT 2013

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