UK Liberty

Stops and searches under s44 Terrorism Act

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on November 5, 2007

David Mery found the Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System 2006 (793Kb PDF), and commented on the stop and search statistics in particular, for the year 2005-2006.

He notes that less than half a percent of the stops and searches (0.3% in England & Wales, 0.42% in the Metropolitan Police area) resulted in an arrest.  Of course, as he says, only some of these will result in charges and conviction.

The police claim that stops and searches are about deterring terrorists (also see thishe was proved wrong a year later), not arrests.

Anyway, here are the Home Office’s current figures on terrorism-related arrests in general:

Fact & figures

The UK police terrorism arrest statistics (excluding Northern Ireland) from 11 September 2001 – 31 March 2007 show 1228 arrests were made:

  • 1165 arrests under the Terrorism Act 2000
  • 63 arrests under legislation other than the Terrorism Act, where the investigation was conducted as a terrorist investigation

Of the total 1228 arrested:

  • 132 charged with terrorism legislation offences only
  • 109 charged with terrorism legislation offences and other criminal offences
  • 195 charged under other legislation including murder, grievous bodily harm, firearms, explosives offences, fraud, false documents
  • 76 handed over to immigration authorities
  • 15 on police bail awaiting charging decisions
  • 1 warrant issued for arrest
  • 12 cautioned
  • 1 dealt with under youth offending procedures
  • 11 dealt with under mental health legislation
  • 4 transferred to Police Service of Northern Ireland custody
  • 2 remanded in custody awaiting extradition proceedings
  • 669 released without charge
  • 1 awaiting further investigation

Of those charged:

  • 41 Terrorism Act convictions to date
  • 183 convicted under other legislation: murder and explosives offences (including conspiracies), grievous bodily harm, firearms offences, fraud, false documents offences, etc (this includes the 12 cautions detailed above)
  • 114 at or awaiting trial

(Source: These statistics are compiled from police records by the offices of the National Coordinator for Terrorist Investigations. They are subject to change as cases go through the system.)

In short, just over half of those arrested are released without charge.  Less than a fifth are convicted.

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  1. Papiere bitte « UK Liberty said, on March 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    […] information on charges or convictions. Absent any information on this from government, why not look at the figures for terrorism: less than half of those arrested are charged; less than a fifth are convicted. If eBorders is […]


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