Tube bomb arrest
Man, 18, held after attack which left 29 injured
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.