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Counter Terrorism Policing North East continues to detain four terrorism suspects.

Friday May 7, 2021 – 1645hrs

Counter Terrorism Policing North East has been granted a warrant of further detention to continue questioning four people arrested on Saturday, May 1, on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

An extension was approved by the court this afternoon, giving detectives until Saturday May 15 to hold and question the following individuals, if required:

  • A 29 year old man from Keighley
  • A 30 year old man from Keighley
  • A 28 year old woman from Keighley
  • A 28 year old man from Anglesey

The 16 year old male from Swindon has been released from custody without charge.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East. He said: “I appreciate the concern these arrests have caused within our communities and in particular the impact of speculation around them on social media.

“Such speculation can be very damaging, creating widespread and unnecessary fear. Please be reassured that there is not believed to be any immediate risk to the public in connection with our ongoing investigation.

“Public safety remains our utmost priority and we will continue to share more information with our communities as and when we are able. In the meantime, we’d ask people not to be alarmed and to go about their business as normal.”

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Sunday May 2, 2021 – 1800hrs

Counter Terrorism Policing North East can confirm it has been granted a warrant of further detention to continue questioning five people arrested on Saturday May 1.

Three men, a woman and a teenager were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

This afternoon an extension was approved by the court, giving detectives until Saturday May 8 to hold and question the following individuals, if required:

  • A 29 year old man from Keighley
  • A 30 year old man from Keighley
  • A 28 year old woman from Keighley
  • A 16 year old male from Swindon
  • A 28 year old man was from Anglesey

Searches continue at the address in Keighley at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Notes to Editors

We do not confirm the names or details of individuals arrested unless they are charged.

A further seven day extension has been approved by the court at this time, giving police until Saturday May 8 to charge, release or apply for an additional extension.

Officers have up to 14 days to question people under the Terrorism Act, but this is subject to continual review by the courts.

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Saturday May 1, 2021 – 2000hrs

This is an update in connection with five arrests made by Counter Terrorism Policing North East this morning (Saturday May 1, 2021) in West Yorkshire, Wiltshire and North Wales.

Earlier today, searches at an address in Keighley were suspended to allow the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD) to attend. As a precautionary measure, a cordon was put in place and a number of local residents were evacuated to allow for the examination of suspicious material and the safe removal of any items requiring disposal.

These examinations have now concluded and residents are being allowed to return to their properties. We are grateful for their patience and understanding while these assessments were carried out and apologise for this unavoidable disruption.

Searches at residential properties in Swindon and Anglesey have now finished and the scenes closed.

The five individuals arrested this morning remain in custody at this time. Enquiries are ongoing.

We recognise that local people may have concerns as a result of this activity. We would like to reassure them that these arrests are pre-planned and intelligence led and there is not believed to be any immediate risk to the local community.

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Saturday May 1, 2021 – 1345hrs

Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East have this morning (Saturday May 1) arrested two men and a woman from Keighley as part of intelligence led investigation into suspected right wing terrorism.

The men aged 29 and 30 and the woman aged 28 have been arrested on suspicion of the Commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, contrary to Section 41 Terrorism Act 2000. They have been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.

Two addresses in Keighley are currently being searched in connection with this investigation.

Following the discovery of potentially suspicious material at one of the addresses in Keighley the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD) has been called to provide specialist advice and to arrange the safe removal of the items if required.

As a precautionary measure, a cordon has been put in place and a number of local residents have evacuated whilst examinations are conducted.

A 28 year old man from North Wales and a 16 year old male from Wiltshire have also been arrested on suspicion of the same offences as part of this investigation.

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Saturday May 1, 2021 – 1300hrs

Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East have this morning (Saturday May 1, 2021) arrested five people from West Yorkshire, Wiltshire and North Wales on suspicion of terrorism offences.

  • A 29 year old man was arrested from an address in Keighley on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • A 30 year old man was arrested from an address in Keighley on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • A 28 year old woman was arrested from an address in Keighley on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • A 16 year old male was arrested from an address in Swindon on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
  • A 28 year old man was arrested from an address in Anglesey on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

All five have been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.

A number of properties are currently being searched in connection with these arrests.

The arrests form part of an ongoing investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East into to Right Wing Terrorism.

We recognise that local people may have concerns as a result of this activity. We would like to reassure them that these arrests are pre-planned and intelligence led and there is not believed to be any immediate risk to the local community. We are grateful for the understanding, patience and support of local residents while these enquiries continue.