Belfast Telegraph

Terrorism arrests at a new high

By Michael McHugh

The number of people arrested using anti-terror powers in Northern Ireland has hit a 10-year high.

Last week a senior police officer warned the likelihood of attacks by anti-peace process dissident republicans was high and pointed to a number of recent weapons seizures.

Police have also recommended the status of loyalist paramilitary ceasefires form part of a review ordered by the Government.

A total of 227 people were detained last year, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) revealed, the highest since 2005. The threat level is severe, as anti-Good Friday Agreement gunmen have killed police officers, soldiers and a prison warder in the past.

Under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 terrorism suspects can be held without a warrant for a maximum of 48 hours before a court must be asked to authorise further detention.

In 2014/15, 130 charges were brought against persons detained in Northern Ireland using the power. This included 29 of murder and 16 of membership of an outlawed organisation.

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