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article imageWest Midlands Police arrest 7 in Birmingham terror raids

By Gemma Fox     Sep 19, 2011 in Crime
Birmingham - Overnight West Midlands Police have arrested 7 people in a large pre-planned counter-terrorism operation. Six men and one woman were detained.
In an operation led by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, police in Birmingham arrested six men aged between 25 and 32 and also, later, one woman aged 22.
The arrests of the men took place between 11.30pm last night and 1.00am this morning while the female was detained around 6.30am this morning.
According the West Midlands Police the six men were detained on:
...suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK (under the Terrorism Act 2000).
The female arrested was detained on:
...suspicion of failing to disclose information (which a person knows or believes might be of material assistance in preventing an act of terrorism or in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of a person involved in an act of terrorism, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000).
Seven properties are now being searched as part of the operation, one commercial and six domestics residences.
Arrests were made by unarmed police officers and those arrested are now being detained in a police station within the West Midlands Police area.
Assistant chief constable Marcus Beale said, "The operation is in its early stages so we are unable to go into detail at this time about the nature of the suspected offences.
"However, I believe it was necessary to take action at this time in order to ensure public safety."
Coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats are currently holding their autumn conference in the city of Birmingham and police are keen to stress that there is no connection to that and the arrests made overnight.
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