- Police are questioning the 14-year-old girl detained in south London today
- She is suspected of assisting another person to carry out an act of terrorism
- The girl is one of the youngest ever terror suspects held by UK authorities
A 14-year-old girl has been arrested in London on suspicion of assisting a person to carry out an act of terrorism, Scotland Yard said.
The girl, one of the youngest suspects ever arrested in a terrorism investigation, was detained in the south of the capital today.
Detectives are continuing to question her as part of an ongoing investigation, the Met Police said today.
A 14-year-old girl has become one of the youngest ever terror suspects arrested by the Met
A spokesman said: ‘Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have arrested a 14-year-old girl today, Tuesday 14 November.
‘The girl was arrested at an address in south London on suspicion of assisting a person to carry out an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
‘She was detained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and has been taken to a south London police station, where she currently remains in police custody. Enquiries continue.’
Since the September 11 attacks, more than 130 of the 3,500-plus people arrested in counter-terrorism operations have been under the age of 18, recent stats reveal. A total of 18 of those teenagers have been convicted.
In 2015, a 14-year-old was arrested for encouraging another teenager in Australia to carry out an attack there.
He was never named but pleaded guilty to a terror charge and received the juvenile version of a life sentence after he turned 15.
Scotland Yard has stepped up its anti-terror operations in the wake of four attacks this summer
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