Met issues counter terrorism arrest and sentencing

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

The man, arrested in north London on 18 May, was arrested under the Terrorism Act and taken into custody at a south London police station, where the Metropolitan Police say he remains.

The arrest follows 18-year-old Yousif Alsyed being sentenced to two years and three months for preparation of terrorist acts and one year for dissemination of terrorist publications on 17 May. Alsyed, who pleaded guilty to both offences on 11 January, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court and follows his brother Ahmed Alsyed, who was sentenced to four and a half years' imprisonment in April after pleading guilty to collection of information, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000, preparation of terrorist acts, and dissemination of terrorist publications, both contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006.

Commander Clarke Jarrett, of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "The evidence we recovered showed the clear intent of the Alsyed brothers to go to Syria, where they would join Daesh. It is patent to me that their intention, once they had joined the terrorist group, was to fight alongside it as the brothers had invested time in training in the UK, including spending time at a paintballing camp and joining a gym. The brothers shared with each other gory videos and images glorifying Daesh. They had their hearts set on joining their fight but our investigation stopped them."