Teen held at port as he tries to leave the UK

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AN 18-year-old youth was ar­rested at Dover yes­ter­day by po­lice hunt­ing the Tube bucket bomber.

Half a dozen of­fi­cers sur­rounded the sus­pect at the ferry port in Kent.

Hol­i­day­mak­ers were sip­ping cof­fee and eat­ing break­fast while pre­par­ing to board early morn­ing ser­vices across the Chan­nel when po­lice moved in at the crowded pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal. The 18-year-old was try­ing to leave the coun­try as a foot pas­sen­ger on a ferry to France at 7.50am al­most 24 hours af­ter a bomb ex­ploded on a Tube train at Par­sons Green Sta­tion.

A port worker said: “He was sur­rounded by about seven po­lice of­fi­cers af­ter he came in to buy a ticket.

“It was all done very quickly and qui­etly. There was no sign of a strug­gle.

“It was dif­fi­cult to see him be­cause they moved to­wards him so fast.” It is un­der­stood the sus­pect walked the 30-minute jour­ney to the port from the train sta­tion af­ter trav­el­ling the 76 mile for two hours from London Vic­to­ria main­line sta­tion.

The young man was last night be­ing held at a se­cure po­lice sta­tion in South London. Deputy Com­mis­sioner Neil Basu said: “We have made a sig­nif­i­cant ar­rest.”

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