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UPDATE: Fifteenth arrest in abduction of three brothers

News   •   Sep 10, 2020 15:48 BST

A fifteenth person has been arrested in connection with the search for Bilal, Mohammed Ebrar and Mohammed Yaseen Safi, and their father Imran Safi.

A 45-year-old man [O], was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Thursday, 10 September for conspiracy to kidnap. He was arrested by Taskforce officers on a returning flight to the UK.

He was taken to a south London police station and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Fourteen people have already been arrested as part of this investigation.

[A] A 25-year-old woman and [B] a 32-year-old man were arrested in Kenley on Friday, 21 August.

Three men – two aged 20 [C] and [D] and one aged 17 [E] - were arrested in Croydon on Sunday, 23 August.

[F] A 25-year-old woman and [G] a 37-year-old man were arrested in Kenley on Tuesday, 25 August.

[H] A 33-year-old man was arrested in Croydon on Tuesday, 25 August.

[A] – [H] have been bailed to return to a south London police station at a later date.

Four men - aged between 21 and 41 [I], [J], [K] and [L] were arrested at an address in Ilford in the early hours of Friday, 28 August. All four have been released on bail to return to a south London police station in early September.

[M] A 31-year-old man was arrested at a residential address in Ilford on Saturday, 29 August. He has since been released under investigation.

[N] A 17-year-old male was arrested at an address on Connaught Road in Bristol. He was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the abduction and has since been released on bail.