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Met police arrest 16-year-old boy on suspicion of terror offences

Met police arrest 16-year-old boy on suspicion of terror offences after finding ‘unknown substance’ with imitation gun and cannabis plants at his home

  • Local police officers in west London raided home and found fake gun and drugs
  • But anti-terror squad was called in after an unknown substance was uncovered
  • A 16-year-old is being questioned over possible terror plot, Scotland Yard says

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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in west London on suspicion of terrorism offences in west London.

Local police officers raided the boy’s home and found cannabis plants and an imitation firearm.

The anti-terror squad were then brought in to examine an unknown substance found at the address, which forensic experts are now analysing.

The Met Police’s anti-terror squad after scouring the house of a 16-year-old boy after an ‘unknown substance’ was found by local officers who seized cannabis plants

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Further searches were carried out in the address and officers found items containing an unknown substance.

‘As a precaution, specialist officers were called to the address and are now in the process of recovering the items, which will be sent for urgent analysis to determine what it is. Cordons remain in place around the address.’

The 16-year-old boy was initially arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and cultivation of cannabis. 

He was further arrested on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and currently remains in police custody at a south London police station. 



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