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UK News Man arrested in Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts not linked to London Bridge

00:05  02 december  2019
00:05  02 december  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Officers carrying out searches at addresses in Stoke - on - Trent following the London Bridge terror attack have arrested a man on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts . West Midlands Police said a search warrant was conducted last night in connection to a wider

Khan, 28, a convicted terrorist who was released from prison in December 2018, was later shot dead by police on London Bridge . Over the weekend counter- terrorism officers searched a house in Stafford linked to Khan and The man was arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts

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Officers carrying out searches at addresses both in the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent areas following the London Bridge terror attack have arrested a man on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

West Midlands Police said a search warrant was conducted last night in connection to a wider on-going review of existing licence conditions of convicted terrorism offenders.

It said a 34-year-old man was arrested in Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

It confirmed there was no information to suggest that the arrested man was involved in the attack at London Bridge on Friday. It added that there was no immediate risk to public safety.

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West Midlands Police said the man was taken into custody in Stoke - on - Trent having released a search warrant on Saturday night. In a statement, the force said: “As a result of a search of his home address, the 34-year-old was arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to Section 5 of

Two properties searched

Forensic officers outside a property in Stoke-on-Trent. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said: “Staffordshire Police continue to carry out further enhanced neighbourhood patrols to reassure local communities following the incident which took place in London on Friday and the arrest of a man last night in Stoke-on-Trent by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit in connection to a wider on-going review of existing licence conditions of convicted terrorism offenders.

“People will be aware that the man who carried out the attack in London was living in Staffordshire. Two properties in the county continue to be searched and cordons remain in place at these locations as detectives and forensic officers continue with their investigation.

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London Bridge attacker was out of jail on licence after serving time over al-Qaida inspired plot with eight others. The extremists talked about setting off a pipe bomb in the toilets of the London Stock Exchange, as well as in pubs in Stoke , the Woolwich court heard.

“These incidents have resulted in intense focus on the county and I would like to thank local communities and partners for their support and understanding while these crucial enquiries continue.

“We are working closely with our colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing to support their investigation which continues at pace to establish the full circumstances of what happened and to ensure there is no related outstanding threat to the public.

"We urge people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activities or activity to police, in confidence online at gov.uk/ACT . In an emergency always call 999."

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