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2 in 5 terror suspects are white, says Home Office

MORE than two in five people arrested on suspicion of terror offences last year were white, official figures show.

There were 273 arrests in 2018, down 41 per cent year-on-year, Home Office statistics show.

Of those, 118 (43 per cent) were white — the third highest number since 2001.

‘The proportion of white people arrested now exceeds the proportion of Asian people arrested,’ the report said.

It was published a day after white Daesh supporter Lewis Ludlow (pictured) was jailed for at least 15 years for plotting an attack in London’s Oxford Street.

The report also revealed there was a drop-off in arrests across all ethnic groups, the highest being a 56 per cent decrease — from 196 in 2017 to 86 last year — in suspects of Asian ethnicity.

Of all the arrests made, 171 were listed in the ‘international’ category, which covers activity linked to terror groups outside the UK, such as Daesh. Sixty-six were ‘domestic’ — that includes arrests relating to suspected far-right activity.

Of the 273 arrests, 81 suspects were charged with terrorism-related offences. Of those, 38 have been convicted.

Other cases were still pending at the time the statistics were provided.

But they also revealed 221 people are in custody on terror offences, with 79 per cent of them having Islamist-extremist views, while 13 per cent are said to have far-right ideologies.

Police and MI5 are currently running a record 700-plus terrorism investigations.

Dep asst comm Dean Haydon, the senior national co-ordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, said: ‘This activity is matched by an increased effort from security services, who are working tirelessly to bring people to justice.’