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UPDATE: Two men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offence

News   •   Nov 13, 2020 11:42 GMT

Two men arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence have been bailed to return to a central London police station on a date in early December. 

At approximately 00:10hrs on Thursday, 12 November, two men who were seen by police officers to be acting suspiciously in a car in the Westminster area were stopped and arrested on Pall Mall by armed officers.

The police officers searched the men and the vehicle.

They subsequently arrested the men - two 34-year-olds from east London - on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Both were arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and taken into custody at a central London police station.

Firearms were not discharged.

The subsequent investigation is being led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, who have conducted and completed searches at two addresses in east London. 

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Every day, police officers are on patrol across the Capital, watching for suspicious behaviour and stopping people they suspect may be involved in criminality.

“The public can help us continue to keep London safe by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour to police.

"Following the increase to the UK threat level from terrorism last week - as a precautionary measure in response to recent events in France and Austria - I would like to emphasise that the public should be alert but not alarmed."

+ Please report suspicious behaviour by calling police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or filling in a brief form online