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Females held 'over terror' hits new high.

Byline: TOM PETTIFOR Chief Crime Correspondent

RUNAWAY Amira Abase A RECORD number of women and girls are being arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Thirty-five females, including eight under 18, were held in the year to March, compared with 27 in 2013-14 and 19 in 2012-13.

The total number of alleged extremists taken into custody has soared to almost one a day, with 299 detained in the year to March.

Police believe at least 700 British extremists have gone to Syria - including schoolgirls Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum - with around half thought to have returned.

There have been almost 3,000 terrorism arrests in the UK since the 9/11 attacks 14 years ago today.

Security Minister John Hayes said it showed the challenge the police face.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2015
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