New figures show that police are arresting twice as many white suspects in the UK as suspects of Asian ethnicity, as the number of right-wing investigations rises.
A record number of people detained during the year to September were children, which is now one of eight people arrested on suspicion of terroristic crimes.
The teen has been charged with terroristic crimes when she was 13 years old amid warnings of a “new generation of extremists” being mobilized by online content.
Figures released Thursday by the Home Office showed that 18 were arrested under the age of 25, 17 suspects aged 18 to 20 and 16 aged 20 to 24.
In the same period, six children were charged with a terror-related offense and three were convicted.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Hayden, senior national coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “We are very concerned that children are increasing the proportion of our arrests.
“But it doesn’t have to be this way. Ideally we would recognize when a young person is being led to terrorism activity and try to put them on a different path using a prevention program.” Is.
A Home Office report said that because of the general decline in crime during the coronavirus pandemic, terrorist arrests have decreased for all age groups except children.
The number of white people arrested also rose in the year to 101 – more than double the number of Asian suspects arrested (49).
“The proportion of white people arrested exceeds the proportion of Asians arrested for the fourth year in a row,” the Home Office report said.
“The arrests of persons of white ethnic presence accounted for 54 percent of the arrests, a 10 percent increase over the previous year. Those with an Asian ethnic presence accounted for 26 percent of terrorist-related arrests, down 12 percentage points.
A record 82 percent of suspects were British or dual nationals, a new record high after a steady increase from just 33 percent in 2002.
Jonathan Hall QC, the independent critic of terrorism law, said the age and race figures were “consistent with the growing target of young suspected right-wing terrorists operating online”.
He said this year saw a record number of non-custodial sentences for terrorism-related crimes, suggesting that youth were taken into account by judges.
Mr Hall wrote on Twitter: “The main main crime being charged is spreading terrorist publications and my educated guess is that this is happening online.”
MI5 took major responsibility for extreme right-wing terrorism from the police last year, following a national restructuring in response to far-right terror attacks and sanctions on neo-Nazi groups, including national crackdowns.
Some critics believe the change has caused a shift in focus that has artificially heightened the apparently far-right threat, but Mr Hall said: “I don’t think there is a reason for right-wing terrorism.” The increasing visibility of counter-insurgency activity signals a politically correct turn. The main threat of Islamic terrorism. The counter-terrorism police and MI5 are ruthless in priority.
“Online conversations tend to advance violent hostile ideologies, and some online discussions will include discussions of targets and weapons, particularly firearms.”
Mr Hall said the majority of terrorist killings in Britain in recent years have been carried out by jihadists, but the death toll in right-wing attacks in New Zealand, Norway and Germany has shown that action needs to be taken against young people who voice violent intentions. needed. Online.
About half of the 188 people arrested in the year were still under investigation when the figures were recorded, a third were charged, a fifth were released without charge and 11 percent were given alternative action. had to face.
As of 30 September, of the 218 people jailed for terrorism-related crimes in Britain, 71 per cent were classified as Islamist-extremist, 22 per cent ultra-right and 7 per cent others.
Many children have been imprisoned in the past for Islamic and neo-Nazi terror conspiracies, but most of the young defendants have been accused of possessing documents that would be “useful to anyone preparing for acts of terrorism”.
Granthshala The first interviewed the father of a boy on trial for the crime, who delivered his shock at his son’s arrest and charge.
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