Man arrested on terrorism charges after stabbing in Cheltenham

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a woman was stabbed in Cheltenham.

The attack took place on Thursday night outside a leisure centre. The woman is in a stable condition in hospital.

The man was initially arrested on charges of attempted murder, but was rearrested on Friday night under the Terrorism Act.

Gloucestershire Police said the 29-year-old was being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism and on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.

Counter Terrorism Policing South East are leading the investigation, alongside Counter Terrorism Policing South West and officers from the Gloucestershire force.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Ocone, of Gloucestershire Police, said: "I would like to reassure those living locally or visiting the county that we believe this was an isolated incident and we are not aware of any wider threat to members of the public.

"We are working closely with our partners in Counter Terrorism Policing."

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