Tube bomb ar­rest

Man, 18, held after at­tack which left 29 in­jured

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - STEVEN SCOTT AND RHIAN DEUTROM LON­DON

PO­LICE have ar­rested a an 18year-old man in re­la­tion to the Lon­don Tube bomb at­tack at Par­sons Green.

He was ar­rested in Dover yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a man­hunt for the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the Fri­day morn­ing at­tack, which left 29 peo­ple in­jured.

The man was be­ing held at a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion ahead of trans­fer to Lon­don, after be­ing ar­rested in the port area of Dover, sug­gest­ing he may have been about to leave the UK.

Se­nior Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Counter Ter­ror­ism, Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Neil Basu said the ar­rest was a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in the large scale Par­sons Green in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“This ar­rest will lead to more ac­tiv­ity from our of­fi­cers,” Mr Basu said.

“For strong in­ves­tiga­tive rea­sons we will not give any­more de­tails on the man we ar­rested at this stage”.

He urged the pub­lic to re­main vig­i­lant while po­lice con­tinue to work through the com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We are not chang­ing our pro­tec­tive se­cu­rity mea­sures and the steps taken to free up ex­tra armed of­fi­cers re­main in place,” he said.

Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Ben Wal­lace said author­i­ties had spent the morn­ing con­tact­ing homes, busi­nesses and sport­ing clubs as well as “re­view­ing se­cu­rity around trans­port net- works” in their at­tempts to lo­cate sus­pects.

Po­lice have in­ter­viewed 45 wit­nesses and have re­ceived 77 im­ages and videos from mem­bers of the pub­lic who were at the scene of the at­tack.

They warned the UK’s ter­ror­ism alert would re­main at “crit­i­cal”, sug­gest­ing they be­lieve peo­ple be­hind the bomb­ing could still be at large, and that an­other at­tack was im­mi­nent.

Troops are guard­ing build­ings and armed po­lice were de­ployed to Lon­don’s streets in re­sponse to the alert level be­ing raised.

A po­lice of­fi­cer es­corts an in­jured wo­man from the scene.

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