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(From left to right) Junead Khan, Khuram Butt, Anjem Choudary, Richard Dart, and Jahangir Alom

Number of Terror Convictions in UK Rising

  • More than 100 people in the UK have been convicted of terrorism offences since 2014.

  • Approximately 850 people from the UK have travelled to support or fight for jihadist groups.

According to new research from the BBC, more than 100 people in the UK have been convicted of terrorism offences related to Syria and Iraq since 2014.

One of the most researched online record of its kind, it shows the rapidly escalating number of prosecutions since 2014.

Approximately 850 people from the UK have travelled to support or fight for jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Five terror plots have been foiled since March of this year and 18 thwarted since 2013.

Jihadist Khalid Masood killed 4 people are injured 50 near Parliament before being shot dead by police

The study tracked the number of people from the UK who have been drawn into the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Those convicted come from various backgrounds including ex-prisoners, a hospital director and the son of a police officer.

Figures show a burgeoning number of women and girls being prosecuted.

Married couples, siblings and a mother of six have also been prosecuted.

Of the 109 people convicted, 18 (16%) were women and girls and, over 85% of those convicted have never been to Syria or Iraq.

Others convicted include those who have used social media to encourage support for banned groups.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said of the findings, “We need to be acutely aware that if people can’t go to Syria – and we have certainly seen this in some of the cases we have prosecuted – they may plan a sort of an attack here instead or they may do more to radicalise other people here to attack so we need to be very aware of that.”

After recent terrorist attacks in the UK, prime minister Theresa May has called for a review of Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy to ensure police and the security services have the powers required.

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