Po­lice given ex­ten­sion in Lon­don Tube anti-ter­ror probe

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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