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Hertfordshire man arrested by anti-terror police at Gatwick

The man was arrested at Gatwick. Credit: PA

A man from Hertfordshire has been arrested at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

The 44-year-old was getting off a flight from Iraq yesterday when he was met by anti-terrorism officers.

He was then taken to a central London police station where he remains in custody.

As a result of enquiries during the stop a decision was made to arrest the man under section 5 of the Terrorism Act - suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

The man was arrested under PACE and taken to a central London police station.

– Scotland Yard spokesperson

The arrest comes on the same day that a 31-year-old man from Norfolk was held on suspicion of fundraising for terrorism purposes and supporting a banned terror group.

Norfolk terrorism arrest by Scotland Yard officers

The Metropolitan Police's counter terrorism team have arrested one man in Norfolk. Credit: PA images.

A 31-year-old man arrested in Norfolk on suspicion of terror offences has been released on bail.

Officers from Scotland Yard's counter terrorism team arrested him on Thursday morning.

The man is suspected of fundraising for terrorism purposes and supporting a banned terror group.

Police are searching two addresses in Norfolk and one in London. The Metropolitan Police said the offences related to activities abroad.


Luton man arrested by counter-terrorism police over alleged fraud

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in Luton as part of a "large scale fraud" investigation linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria.

He was one of seven people - six men and one woman - detained as part of the operation.

Six of the arrests were made in London after six properties were raided by counter-terrorism officers from the Metropolitan Police.

The Luton man is being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and money-laundering.

The arrests are linked to allegations that vulnerable and elderly people were cold-called on their home phones by someone impersonating a police officer.


Terrorism suspects arrested in Essex

Two people have been arrested in Essex in connection with suspected terrorism in Syria.

Police say they arrested a 37-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman on Wednesday, on suspicion of "being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation" of terrorism. They have been taken to a police station in London for questioning.

Officers made the arrests as part of a series of searches at various UK locations. Scotland Yard said: "The searches are ongoing and we are unable to provide more details at this stage.

Gang tried to make bomb from terror manual

The Luton terrorist group were trying to make an an improvised explosive device (IED) based on instructions in an al Qaida manual entitled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom - by the al Qaida chef", the court was told.

Covert recordings of the pair heard Iqbal suggesting attaching the bomb to a remote controlled toy car and sending it under the gap of a gate to a Territorial Army (TA) centre in Luton.

The men were arrested following a series of raids at their homes in April last year after an intelligence-led joint operation by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and the British Security Service (BSS).

TA centre targeted by terror group

The TA Centre on Marsh Road, Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Territirial Army centre in Luton was the planned target for a terror group. Four men have admitted engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.

The group talked about blowing up a truck Credit: ITV News Anglia
The terror group planned to target the gates Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton terror group set for sentencing

Guilty of terror charges: Zahid Iqbal, 31 Credit: Metropolitan Police

Four Luton men could be sentenced today after admitting discussing carrying out a terror attack in the UK.

Zahid Iqbal, 31, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, Umar Arshad, 24, and Syed Farhan Hussain, 21, considered methods, materials and targets for an attack.

Guilty of terror charges: Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25 Credit: Metropolitan Police

The men were arrested following a series of raids in April last year. They pleaded guilty to one terrorism charge at Woolwich Crown Court.

The four men downloaded computer files containing practical instruction for an attack, and collected funds for terrorist purposes.

Guilty of terror charges: Umar Arshad, 24 Credit: Metropolitan Police

They also admitted facilitating, planning and encouraging travel overseas, as well as organising, encouraging and participating in physical training, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorist Act 2006.

The offences took place between January 2011 and April last year.

Guilty of terror charges: Syed Farhan Hussain, 21 Credit: Metropolitan Police