Police given extension in London Tube anti-terror probe
BRITISH police were granted a further six days to question a 19-year-old man arrested after a suspicious item was found on a London Underground train.
Counter-terror detectives also found a device they described as “not viable” at an address in southwest England and security was stepped up on the Tube network in a bid to reassure the public.
The first item, found on a train at North Greenwich station, which serves the O2 entertainment complex in southeast London, was still being examined. A controlled explosion was carried out on the item.
The 19-year-old was arrested by armed police in London on October 21. An electric stun gun was used during the arrest on a busy shopping street, but no shots were fired.
The man remains in custody for questioning on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism acts.
On October 22, a court in London gave police permission to hold the man until October 28.
Counter-terror officers raided an address in Newton Abbott, around 270 kilometres (167 miles) southwest of London, as part of the inquiry and “found an item they deemed suspicious”, Scotland Yard police headquarters said.
Britain’s current national terror threat level has been set at severe – the second-highest of five possibilities – since August 2014, meaning an attack is considered highly likely. –