WORLD Sus­pect caught in tube blast drag­net

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - STEVEN SCOTT and RHIAN DEUTROM, Lon­don

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

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

The man was in cus­tody at a po­lice sta­tion pend­ing trans­fer to Lon­don af­ter be­ing ar­rested in the port area of Dover, sug­gest­ing he may have been about to flee the coun­try.

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

“This ar­rest will leadd to more ac­tiv­ity from m 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 lic to re­main vig­i­lant while hile po­lice con­tin­ued to work through the com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We are not, at thishis time, 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 have spent the morn­ing con­tact­ing homes, busi­nesses and sport­ing clubs as well as “re­view­ing se­cu­rity around trans­port net­works” 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.

Au­thor­i­ties have warned an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack may be im­mi­nent af­ter the botched bomb­ing of a rush hour Lon­don train.

Troops will guard build­ings and armed po­lice will be de­ployed to Lon­don’s streets this week­end af­ter in­tel­li­gence chiefs hiked the of­fi­cial ter­ror alert to the high­est level of “crit­i­cal”.

One thou­sand ex­tra po­lice have been di­verted to the in-

ve ves­ti­ga­tion as au­thorit ori­ties step up the man man­hunt in a bid to foil ano an­other at­tack. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May an­nou an­nounced the tougher se­cu­rity me mea­sures 12 hours af­ter an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice det­o­nated on a train at Par­sons Green.

Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack and is­sued threats of a larger ji­hadist pres­ence.

Mrs May urged Bri­tons to stay calm but to be alert for an­other at­tack.

“The pub­lic should go about their business in the nor­mal way but be vig­i­lant and co-op­er­ate with po­lice,” she said.

Po­lice will search mem­bers of the pub­lic and cars will be stopped at road blocks.

Ex­tra bag checks were be­ing im­posed on crowds at events over the week­end, in­clud­ing the English Premier League.

Lon­don Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had made ex­cel­lent progress.

“Some­body has planted an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice on the Tube. We have to be open-minded at this stage about him and about po­ten­tial as­so­ci­ates,” he said.

The home­made bomb left on the crowded Lon­don un­der­ground was re­ported to have con­tained nails and to be sim­i­lar to de­vices used in the Manch­ester Arena at­tack and 2005 Lon­don bomb­ings.

Flammable ma­te­rial packed in a white bucket along with fairy lights failed to prop­erly ig­nite when it det­o­nated about 8.20am lo­cal time, caus­ing what wit­nesses de­scribed as a “fire­ball”.

The train was above ground at the time of the blast but it was headed to­wards cen­tral Lon­don in even busier un­der­ground sta­tions.

In an early morn­ing tweet, Don­ald Trump said the at­tack was mounted by “sick and de­mented peo­ple who were in the sights of Scot­land Yard”.

PM May hit back, say­ing “I never think it is help­ful for any­body to spec­u­late on what is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

MAIN PIC­TURE: GETTY IM­AGES

HELP: A po­lice of­fi­cer es­corts an in­jured woman from the scene at Par­sons Green un­der­ground sta­tion, and, in­set, a Twit­ter pic­ture of a white con­tainer burn­ing in­side the sta­tion.

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