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Terrorism arrests: 'I heard a huge banging and voices shouting let us in'

Police activity on Ferndale Road in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Witnesses have been speaking out after a number of police raids took place in parts of Luton as four men are arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The men who are all in their 30s are being questioned in London by counter terrorism officers.

Seven properties and a number of vehicles are also being searched by police.

A neighbour living next door to one of the properties which was searched has told ITV News Anglia how she heard the door of the terraced house being smashed in.

"I heard a huge banging and the wall was shaking and voices were shouting let us in"

– Anonymous witness

The woman said a family lived at the property with several young children. She said they'd been the best neighbours she'd had and that they usually said hello if they were passing.

"They were no trouble at all. They had lived there for a couple of years"

– Anonymous witness

She said news of the terrorism arrests had come as a complete surprise and there had been no prior suggestion of anything untoward taking place at the house.

Police activity on Dane Road, Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police looking for volunteers to do 'Detective work'

A police force is advertising for volunteers to help look for stolen goods at car boot sales as well as clean their fleet of patrol cars.

Cambridgeshire police has begun advertising on its website for the roles of 'Vehicle tasking volunteer' and 'Property recovery volunteer'.

The move comes as the force faces on going budget cuts and comes after the introduction of a trial scheme to 'Skype' victims of crime instead of visiting them.

Applicants will need the following for the 'Vehicle tasking volunteer role':

  • Knowledge of basic vehicle maintenance
  • And be able to act on their own initiative

And the 'Property recovery volunteer' role will need an 'inquisitive nature'.

"Volunteers are a vital part of the force, particularly as we continue to face financial challenges. All volunteers are vetted in the same way a paid member of staff is - however the difference is that it is not mandatory for our volunteers to have experience in the field they work for us. We provide them with all the necessary training and development."

– Spokesperson, Cambridgeshire police


Four men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences

Four men have been arrested in Luton on suspicion of committing offences under the Terrorism Act.

The arrests were carried out in a joint operation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) and the Eastern Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Unit (ECTIU).

The men, who are all in their 30s, have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

A street with police activity in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Searches are now taking place at seven different addresses in Luton and a number of vehicles are also being searched.


Parents of Paris attack victim attend memorial service

The parents also released a tribute to their son

The parents of Nick Alexander - the only British victim of the Paris terror attacks - attended a moving memorial service in the French capital today.

The 35-year-old's name was among 130 read out during the service to remember those killed on November 13th.

The poignant event was attended by French president Francois Hollande, friends and family of the victims, and some of the many people seriously injured in the co-ordinated shootings and bombings.

It comes on the day the inquest into the death of Nick was opened and adjourned in Chelmsford.

Click below to watch a report by Liz Summers..

Tributes to Cambridge couple who died in helicopter crash

Tributes have been paid to a couple from Trumpington in Cambridge who were among seven people who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in New Zealand at the weekend.

Andrew Virgo and Katharine Walker from Cambridge died in the helicopter crash in New Zealand. Credit: Family collect / SWNS

Katharine Walker, who worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital in the city and her partner Andrew Virco died when the aircraft came down in poor weather conditions on the popular Fox glacier near to Christchurch.

Two other British tourists died in the crash along with two Australians and the pilot who was from New Zealand.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft

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