West London terrorism arrests

A 21-year-old man and 19-year-old man were detained and arrested at an address in west London on Tuesday (16 November) under anti-terrorism law.

The men were arrested under section 41 of Terrorism Act 2000, which empowers police to arrest a person without a warrant if they reasonably suspect them to be a terrorist.

Police searched the address but did not specify where in west London it was. The Metropolitan Police said the arrests were not linked to taxi bomb in Liverpool.

No immediate threat to public, says Met chief

Commander Richard Smith, of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said:

“Based on enquiries by detectives so far, there was not believed to be any immediate threat posed to the public, and those arrested remain in custody.

“We are all aware that the UK National Threat Level has been raised from substantial to severe following events in Merseyside and we need to work together to defeat terrorism.

“The public as always, are our eyes and ears and nothing should stop you from reporting suspicions to the police.

“Every day, teams within the Met and across Counter Terrorism Policing nationally proactively investigate, identify and target those we suspect of being involved in terrorism.

“If you see or hear something in the course of your everyday life that doesn’t seem right, please trust your instincts and report it, as your information could be the key to stopping terrorist activity.”

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