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Counter-terror operation sees man arrested in Luton

Metropolitan Police officers handled the arrested Credit: Metropolitan Police

Counter-terrorism officers arrested a man this morning after searching a property in Luton.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command arrested the 30-year-old on suspicion of being a member of a banned organisation under Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

He was taken to a police station in London.

Man charged in connection with Luton stabbing

Alexandru Popa was arrested at the scene at High Town Road in Luton. Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has been charged in connection with a stabbing in Luton on Monday.

Alexandru Popa, 29, was arrested at the scene at High Town Road. He was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a knife blade yesterday.

He appeared before Luton Magistrates’ Court today, and was remanded into custody pending a further court date.

Another man was taken to hospital following the stabbing, where he remains in a serious condition.


Luton reflects on Paris attacks by joining Europe-wide minute's silence

Luton falls silent to remember victims of terror attacks Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hundreds of people gathered outside Luton town hall at 11am to remember those who died in Paris on Friday night.

At 1.30pm this afternoon local people from different faiths will come together at the same spot to condemn the violence, and to show that the attacks will bring people in this multi-cultural town together not force them apart.

People from the local muslim community have been expressing their shock and sadness at the attacks.

"The level of barbarism and violence shown by the perpetrators is truly horrendous. We recognise the immeasurable pain and suffering that the families and friends of the victims will be feeling, and our thoughts and prayers are with them. This was an indiscriminate attack on the whole of humanity and has touched the lives of us all; regardless of nationality, faith or background. Such attacks are designed to polarise communities and turn neighbour against neighbour. We are committed to ensuring that they do not achieve their objective. "

– - The Sunni Council of Mosques and the Luton Council of Mosques

Easyjet boss says safety is number one priority in aftermath of Sharm bomb

The easyJet boss Carolyn McCall says easyJet would back tighter airport security if needed Credit: ITV Anglia

The easyJet boss Carolyn McCall has backed calls for tighter airport security in the wake of the Sharm el-Sheikh bomb.

Her comments came as the airline marked 20 years of operating.

Carolyn McCall said safety had always been a high priority for easyJet. The company is still bringing passengers back from Egypt after the attack on the Russian airliner.


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