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Police investigating terror plot release man without charge

A man who was arrested over an alleged terror attack plot has been released without charge.

The 36 year-old, of Burngreave, Sheffield, was among four men who were arrested in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire on December 19 as part of an investigation by the Counter Terrorism Policing North East (CTPNE) unit.

"We would like to reassure the public that public safety remains our priority at all times.

"Extensive enquiries have satisfied the investigation that there are no grounds to charge him with any offences.

"South Yorkshire Police and Derbyshire Police continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public."

– West Yorkshire Police spokesperson

A 21-year-old man, from the Fir Vale area of Sheffield, who was arrested on December 29, is still in custody.

Two of the men arrested on December 19 - Chesterfield fish-and-chip shop owner Andy Star, 31, and Farhad Salah, 22, from Sheffield - have been charged with one count of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

The men, both Kurdish Iraqis, are due to appear at the Old Bailey in London on January 19.

A 41-year-old man from Meersbrook in Sheffield, who was also arrested on December 19, was released on December 23.

Two fight for life after Sheffield bar stabbing

Two men are fighting for their lives after a New Year's Day knife attack in a Sheffield bar.

The men, both in their 20s, were among five injured when violence flared at Crystal on Carver Street at around 2.20am this morning.

The five men were all taken to hospital with knife or slash wounds, with two of the victims said to have suffered life threatening injuries. Their conditions are described as critical but stable.

The other three men were treated for superficial injuries.

"A number of people have been injured following an incident in Sheffield city centre overnight.

"At around 2.20am this morning, emergency services were called to Crystal Bar in Carver Street in the city centre, following reports of an altercation in which several people had suffered stab or slash wounds.

"Five men in their 20s were taken to hospital, where three of the men were found to have superficial injuries.

"Two of the men suffered life-threatening injuries and remain in hospital in a critical but stable condition

"An investigation is in its early stages and officers remain in the Carver Street area carrying out enquiries."

– South Yorkshire Police spokesperson

Crime scene investigation officers are carrying out a search of the bar today and CCTV footage is being examined in a bid to trace those involved.

The police have closed the bar and a copy of a temporary closure notice has been posted outside Crystal. The notice states that the closure is needed to 'prevent nuisance or disorder' associated with the venue.

The closure of the bar will be discussed tomorrow by Sheffield magistrates.

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