SWOOP ON SUSPECTED TERRORISTS (Evening Post)
TWO suspected terrorists have been arrested in Bristol.
One man is from Afghanistan and police believe a substance found in the Easton flat where he was living could potentially be used to make a bomb.
Initial investigations led to the arrest of a second man whose nationality has not been revealed. Both were detained under the Terrorism Act 2006 and can now be held for 28 days for questioning.
They were being held at an unnamed police station last night.
The first arrest was made at 10pm on Wednesday night in Castle Park.
A police officer on patrol saw a man, believed to be in his early 20s, acting suspiciously and searched him. Chemicals believed to be illegal drugs were found on him and he was arrested and taken to a police station. Police officers then carried out a search of the flat where he was living in Stapleton Road, which is above Easton Community Partnership but not linked to the organisation.
A substance thought to be hydrogen peroxide, which can be used in bomb-making, was found in the flat.
Avon and Somerset force spokesman Darren Bane said: “During the search police found a substance that has led them to believe there may be a potential link to terrorist activity and a further thorough search has been initiated.
“The substance will need to be the subject of a full forensic analysis.
“The man, of Afghan origin, has therefore been arrested under the Terrorism Act 2006 and is being held at a police station in the Avon and Somerset force area.
“Further investigations have led to the arrest of a second man.
“Our top priority is public safety and while this incident does not involve a specific threat to anybody, police are undertaking an extensive investigation.
“Officers will be speaking to community leaders in the Stapleton Road area to provide information and reassurance.”
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Mortimore said: “This investigation is in its very early stages and we hope to clarify the situation at the earliest possible opportunity.
“Our message to the public for some time now has been that while we don’t want people to be unduly afraid, everyone should be aware of the potential risks and be vigilant.
“Yesterday’s police activity is strong reassurance to our communities that Avon and Somerset Police will swiftly and effectively act upon any potential risk to public safety.
“We always endeavour to keep disruption to local people to a minimum and we appreciate the community’s co-operation.”
Two men arrested under terror act (BBC News)
Two men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act after police found two 25-litre containers labelled “hydrogen peroxide” in a flat in Bristol.
The first man was originally arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of drug-related offences, said police.
Police suspect a link to terrorist activities, and forensic tests are being carried out on the substances.
The second man was arrested after further investigations. Police say there was no threat to public safety.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Mortimore of Avon and Somerset police said: “These containers are marked hydrogen peroxide. I need to find out urgently what is this chemical inside.
“It all hinges on what is this chemical. Hydrogen peroxide has been linked to other terrorist incidents in the country.”
The chemical was used in the 7 July bomb attacks in London in 2005.
Officers found the containers at the flat in Stapleton Road, Easton, following the first arrest in the Castle Park area of Bristol.
The men are being held at a police station in the Avon and Somerset area.
Officers have confirmed one is from Afghanistan and in his early 20s, while the other is Somali and in his early 50s.
A statement from the Avon and Somerset force said public safety was their “top priority”.
“While this incident does not involve a specific threat to anybody, police are undertaking an extensive investigation.”
Officers had been speaking to community leaders in the area to provide information and reassurance, it said.
ACC Steve Mortimore added: “Our message to the public for some time now has been that while we don’t want people to be unduly afraid, everyone should be aware of the potential risks and be vigilant.”
Kayse Mohammed, editor of The Somali Voice in Bristol, said: “We call on all Muslims and Somalis and the public to work with the police.”
I bet Chris Vacher has been practising his best stony-faced-yet-resolute expression all day…