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Four Arrested in London Terror Raids

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Four men have been arrested and are being questioned under the Terrorism Act in a series of armed raids by police officers across London. 

The men, who were arrested yesterday evening in Whitechapel, Peckham and Bayswater and currently being detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Searches at another six addresses across the capital are currently continuing.

Eyewitnesses to the arrests have said that there appeared to be a high level of planning and co-ordination from the police, suggesting the alleged terrorist plot had been monitored for some time. Whitehall officials confirmed today that the plot was ‘potentially very serious’.

The raids mark a rise in arrests under the Terrorist Act from last year, but there is still a dramatic drop from the peak in 2005/06. The chart below shows the number of arrests year on year under both the Terrorism Act 2000 and under other legislation:

TERRORISM_ACT_ARRESTS

Source: Home Office

The arrest numbers however don’t tell the full story, as the number of charges resulting from terrorism-related arrests also make interesting reading:

TERRORISM_CHARGES

Source: Home Office

Of the 249 people arrested for terrorism-related offences in 2012/13 (not including the arrests made yesterday), 105 (42%) were charged, 105 (42%) were released without charge and 39 (16%) had alternative action taken against them. This compares to 37% charged, 54% released and 9% with alternative action taken since September 11th 2001.

John Pring

John Pring is the Managing Editor of Visual Broadcast and an experienced data visualisation and infographic specialist. His main interests include literature, football, art & design, infographics and visual storytelling, and you can find him on Twitter @designbysoap

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