CHILDREN as young as 11 have been arrested by counter-terror police as they foiled three UK terror attacks during the Covid pandemic.
Figures released today show the number of arrests for terrorism-related activity fell by 34%, the lowest level in nine years.
But the number of terror plots foiled has risen to 28 since March 2017, counter-terror police said.
And the number of children under the age of 18 who were arrested rose from 11 last year to 17 in the most recent figures.
In total, 10% of all arrests were among the under-18s, up from just 4% in the previous 12 months, Home Office figures show.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, the senior national co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “These statistics tell me two things.
Firstly, that despite facing unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic, Counter Terrorism Policing continued to keep the public safe by making 185 arrests across more than 800 live investigations – stopping three possible terror attacks in the process.
“And secondly, that while the rest of us have been focused on protecting ourselves and our families from this terrible disease, terrorists have not stopped planning attacks or radicalising vulnerable people online.”
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