Counter Terrorism Policing North East can confirm it has been granted a warrant of further detention to continue questioning a man arrested on Saturday (August 31).
The 21-year-old man was arrested in North London on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
This morning an extension was approved by the court, giving detectives until Saturday September 7, 2019 to hold and question him.
Cleveland Police continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public.
1 September , 2019
A 21 year old man from the Middlesbrough area was arrested yesterday (Saturday, August 31) on suspicion of an offence under the Terrorism Act.
He was arrested in North London on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism contrary to Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.Four properties have been searched as part of the investigation (one address in North London, two in Middlesbrough and one in Teesville). The final two searches at the Teesville and one of the Middlesbrough addresses concluded on Sunday evening.
Following the discovery of some potentially suspicious items at the address in Teesville, EOD have been in attendance at the property to provide specialist advice. There has been no evacuation of local residents at this time.
The investigation is being led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East supported by Cleveland Police and Counter Terrorism Command.
The arrest is intelligence led and pre planned.
The man remains in custody at this time.
We understand that the activity may be of concern to local communities. Public safety remains our main priority and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
Chief Superintendent Dave Sutherland from Cleveland Police said: “I know that the nature of this police activity will be concerning to residents in our local communities, and I want to reassure people that public safety is our main priority.
“You will see increased patrols from our neighbourhood teams and I would ask anyone with concerns to speak to these officers. The activity is intelligence led and pre-planned and we are working closely with our colleagues from Counter Terrorism Policing North East.
“Our aim is to keep people as updated and informed as we are able to given the sensitive nature of this investigation. We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding while we carry out this work.”