Terrorism arrests in UK increased by 60 pc during runup to 2012 Olympics

London, Mar. 22 (ANI): Britain witnessed a significant increase in terrorism arrests last year in the runup to the Olympics, according to statistics provided by the Home Office.

The latest official statistics show that 245 people were arrested under counter-terrorism legislation in the 12 months to September 2012 - a 60 percent increase compared to 153 over the same period 12 months before, reports the Guardian.

In the three months immediately before the Olympics, the number of terrorism arrests nearly doubled, from 37 in April-June 2011 to 64 in April-June 2012.

The Home Office said that of the 245 people arrested, only 45 were charged with a terrorism-related offence and 25 were still awaiting trial.

The latest figures also show that there are 134 prisoners classified as terrorists or as domestic extremists in jails across Britain. They include 107 people who have been imprisoned in relation to al-Qaeda-related terrorist activity and a further 26 classified as domestic extremists or separatists.

The figures also confirm that the police have largely abandoned the use of stop-and-search powers under the counter-terror laws.

The ethnic breakdown for the 720 stop and searches that were carried out last year show that 287 were white, 243 were Asian or Asian British and 80 were black or black British.

The Home Office said a total of 2,291 arrests had been made for terrorism-related offences since the September 11 attacks in 2001. (ANI)