Man arrested in terrorism probe in Lancashire

  • Raids were carried out raids on two houses in the same Lancashire street
  • A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a terror offences
  • Police chief insists there is no immediate threat to local people

A man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act after police carried out warrants at two properties in Lancashire.

Police said the 31-year-old man from Nelson was arrested at about 11.15am on Wednesday on suspicion of being concerned in the preparation of acts of terrorism.

He is being held in custody and will be questioned by detectives.

Anti-terror police raided two homes on this terraced street in Nelson, Lancashire

Two properties on Leonard Street in Nelson are being searched after the warrants were carried out by Lancashire Police and Counter Terrorism Policing officers.

Assistant chief constable Tim Jacques of Lancashire Police said: ‘I recognise that events like this can cause people to worry and impact on wider public confidence.

‘I want to reassure people that our information and intelligence lead us to believe that there is no immediate threat to local people.

‘We will continue to engage with our local communities and keep you updated and as informed as we are able to given the sensitive nature of this investigation.

‘People may see extra police activity in the area over the next few days and I would ask them to co-operate with us as we carry out the work that we need to do. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

‘In relation to the threat posed by terrorism, it is critical that the public work with us and remain vigilant.

‘If you see anything that causes concern, then let us know immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life.

‘It may be nothing, but if you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related then trust your instinct and call us in confidence on 0800 789 321, or in an emergency 999.’


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