Armed anti-terror police use chainsaw to break into east London home during raid on hideouts of suspected plotters – as four men are arrested in joint operation in capital and Leicestershire
- Man, 27, was arrested at an address in East London with help of armed officers
- Two men, 31 and 17, were arrested at a nearby property also with armed officers
- A 32-year-old was arrested by counter terrorism police in Leicestershire
Armed police have stormed an east London property with a chainsaw – as four men were arrested for plotting a terror attack.
Dramatic video shows a squad of rifle-wielding officers bursting in on a house in Goodmayes, Redbridge, before a man is dragged from the house.
Scotland Yard said the heavy police operation related to an ongoing anti-terror investigation which today saw four people arrested.
Constables arrested a 27-year-old at an address in East London, a 31-year-old and a 17-year-old at a nearby property, and a 32-year-old in Leicestershire, Scotland Yard said in a statement.
The 27-year-old was bitten on the foot by a police dog and has been taken to hospital with minor injuries
Dramatic video shows a squad of rifle-wielding officers bursting in on a house in Goodmayes, Redbridge, before a man is dragged from the house
Armed officers were involved on the two raids in the capital but the Metropolitan Police said not shots were fired.
However video from Dagenham is circulating which appears to show armed police bursting into a block of flats.
Witnesses described hearing gunshots and Eoin Moylan, 22, said: ‘I heard glass breaking and a woman screaming then a loud bang. I thought fireworks had gone wrong. I saw police in uniform.
‘The noises could have been flash bangs because there was smoke as well,’ he told the Barking and Dagenham Post.
It is not clear if the video was linked to the four terror arrests made by Scotland Yard today – the Metropolitan Police has been contacted for further information.
After arresting the four men, police are currently combing through the three addresses, and a search is also underway at a fourth address in East London as part of the investigation.
All four men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act.
They are being held in police custody while detectives continue their ‘proactive investigation’.