Two arrested on terrorism offences in Cheltenham

Emergency services attend the scene in Cheltenham
Emergency services attend the scene in Cheltenham Photo: ITV News

Two men arrested in Cheltenham on Friday have been rearrested on terrorist charges this morning.

It follows the examination of a number of suspicious items found in a garage in Buttermere Close in the Up Hatherley are of Cheltenham.

From around 11:30 am this morning a series of controlled explosions were carried out around the area.

Ken Goodwin from ITV West filmed the moment the explosions took place.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit has now moved in to investigate. Gloucestershire police thanked residents evacuated from their homes for their patience, but admitted they did not know when it would be safe to return to their homes.

At the moment we unfortunately are not able to say when we will be able to lift the cordon

It remains in place for the public's safety and we have seen that it is justified by the results of the search thus far.

However we will endeavour to return the area to normality as soon as practicable when we can ensure there is no risk of harm to local residents.

Earlier today police confirmed they had rearrested a 52-year-old man and a 31-year-old-man, both from Cheltenham.

The two men arrested in Cheltenham yesterday, have both been further arrested on suspicion of the commission, instigation or preparation of a terrorist act (contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000).

This relates to examination of the items found in a garage in Buttermere Close in the Up Hatherley area of Cheltenham. The South East Counter Terrorism Unit has assumed responsibility for the ongoing investigation but will continue to work closely with Gloucestershire Police.

– Gloucestershire Police