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Bank Holiday Monday - More Terrorism Arrests

02 May 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command arrested three young women on terrorism charges on Bank Holiday Monday.

Two of the women are aged just aged 18. The other only 19. They have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. They are currently in custody at a police station outside of London.

The arrests were made as part of an ongoing operation in connected to an address in Harlesden in London where six people were recently arrested - a seventh (a woman who was shot at the scene) has now also been arrested following her discharge from hospital.


Previous arrests

An address in Harlesden Road, NW10, was the scene of a shooting of a 21-year-old woman by armed counter terrorism officers on April 27. She was taken to hospital and on the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. She has been taken into custody at a south London police station.

Six other people who were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorist acts remain in custody: A 21-year-old man arrested near Harlesden Road; A 20-year-old woman arrested at the address in Harlesden Road; A 43-year-old woman arrested in Kent; A 16-year-old boy arrested at the address in Harlesden Road; A 28-year-old man arrested at the address in Harlesden Road; A 28-year-old woman arrested at the address in Harlesden Road.

Warrants of further detention were granted at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, April 29. These allow the six suspects to be detained until dates between May 2 and May 4. They are currently in custody at a south London Police station.

The address in Harlesden Road and persons connected with it had been under observation by counter terrorism officers as part of an ongoing operation. Searches at the address are ongoing, as well as two further searches at linked addresses elsewhere in London.

Speaking on April 28, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: "Due to the arrests made, I believe we have contained the threats that they posed."

Picture: The incident on Harlesden Road

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 02 May 2017


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