Three men have appeard in court charged with terrorism offences over an alleged plot to attack a rally by the English Defence League in Dewsbury last month. The men were arrested after their car was routinely stopped and searched on the M1 in South Yorkshire. Alison McKenzie reports.
A 43 year old man from Kirklees in West Yorkshire, arrested last week as part of a major counter terrorism investigation has been released without charge. Three men have appeared in court charged with terrorism offences over an alleged plot to attack a rally by the far right group,
the English Defence League in Dewsbury last month. Three more, all from the West Midlands, remain in police custody. The men were arrested after their car was routinely stopped and searched on the M1 in South Yorkshire on Saturday.
A man from West Yorkshire is one of seven arrested on suspicion of terror offences after firearms and other weapons were discovered in car.
West Midlands Police have confirmed that one man from West Yorkshire and six others from the West Midlands are being questioned.
It is after a car was routinely stopped on the M1 motorway, between junctions 33 and 34 near Sheffield, on Saturday June 30. It was impounded on suspicion of not having insurance.
Three men aged 23, 26 and 27 were arrested on Tuesday morning. Three more aged 22, 24 and 27 were arrested on Wednesday evening. A 43-year-old man from Kirklees was detained on Thursday. All seven men are being held in the West Midlands.
A 43-year-old man from Kirklees, West Yorkshire has been arrested along with six others from the West Midlands as part of a terror investigation.
They have all been detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism (Terrorism Act 2000).
The arrests followed a routine stop of a car by the police on the M1 in South Yorkshire on June 30. The cars were impounded on suspicion of having no insurance. Firearms, offensive weapons and other material were later found inside. Those items are now being forensically tested.
– Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit
As soon as the items were discovered in the impounded vehicle, our priority was to protect the public by pursuing and arresting those we believed to be involved.
Our enquiries are ongoing.