Five men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences
Five men were arrested yesterday on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism in a series of dawn raids.
The five from Luton, whose ages range from 21 to 35, were held at separate addresses and taken to a central London police station.
Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command team swooped to search five homes in the Bury Park and Farley Hill areas in the town as part of an ‘intelligence-led operation’.
The group were all held on suspicion of the ‘commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism’, according to Scotland Yard.
One resident in of the roads where a police raid took place said : “It’s normally a nice place to live around here but this is a really bad feeling, it’s very worrying.”
A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police, which assisted in the raids, said:
“The arrests were made under the Terrorism Act, by unarmed officers.
“No roads have been closed and there is no danger to other nearby residents. Families of those people who have been arrested have been advised to find alternative accommodation while the searches go on to minimise inconvenience to themselves, and if necessary the police will assist them with this.
“In the planning of these search warrants, full consideration has been given to treating those arrested, and especially their families, with appropriate respect for cultural and religious identity as far as is possible.”
Anyone with concerns or who would like to give information to the police about this or any other operation, should call the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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