Man arrested in Bedfordshire by counter terror officers

A man from Bedfordshire has been arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence as part of an investigation being led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

The arrest comes after an investigation was initially launched by Bedfordshire Police on 6 May when items, including a number of suspicious substances, were found at a residential address in Caddington.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing explosions likely to endanger life and possession of class A drugs. The man was bailed while further enquiries were undertaken.

Due to the nature of items found, the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command was informed at that time, although the initial investigation remained with Bedfordshire Police.

On 13 May, and following continued searches at the address, the investigation was subsequently passed to the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command to lead.

The man was arrested on 14 May on suspicion of possession of articles for terrorist purposes, contrary to section 57 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000. 

Specialist officers continue to carry out searches at the address in Caddington. A number of items and substances have been recovered from the address. These are being dealt with and removed in a safe way by specialist officers, and there is currently not believed to be any risk to other local residents or the wider public.

Officers continue to work closely with colleagues from Bedfordshire Police and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit as the investigation continues.


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