Contest: the United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering Terrorism, Annual Report (Cm.)

9780101858328: Contest: the United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering Terrorism, Annual Report (Cm.)

In 2011 the Government committed to produce an annual report on CONTEST. This report (prepared by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism in the Home Office, responsible for co-ordinating CONTEST) covers the period from July 2011 to December 2012, to enable inclusion of security work for the Olympic Games. This report does not cover domestic terrorism in Northern Ireland, responsibility for which lies with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. After a very rapid increase between 2003 and 2008, the number of terrorist attacks around the world has levelled off, and casualties from terrorism have marginally declined. But the global threat from terrorism remains high. In 2011 (the latest year for which statistics are available), over 10,000 terrorist attacks occurred in some 70 countries, causing almost 45,000 casualties and over 12,500 fatalities. About three quarters of those attacks occurred in the Near East and South Asia; attacks in Africa and the Western Hemisphere were at a five-year high. Since the publication of CONTEST in July 2011, the threat to the UK from international terrorism (which is set by theJoint Terrorism Analysis Centre) has remained at 'SUBSTANTIAL', meaning that the threat of a terrorist attack remains a strong possibility and may occur without warning. In the twelve months to 30 September 2012, there were 245 terrorism-related arrests in Great Britain: 45 people were charged with terrorism-related offences and 18 convicted; a further 25 people were awaiting trial as at 18 January 2013.

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