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Two arrested in Birmingham over Syria terror offences

Two people have been arrested in Birmingham today on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to Syria.

They were detained at an address in Sparkbrook by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit around 7.30am this morning.

They are a 38-year-old man and 31-year-old woman who have been arrested on suspicion of preparation for Acts of Terrorism.

The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and police have confirmed that there was no immediate threat to public safety.

Birmingham man arrested in counter-terror investigation

A Birmingham man has been arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act concerning the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

CTU are now questioning the man. Credit: West Midlands Police

The 27-year-old was arrested on Sunday afternoon following the discovery of suspicious items at his home on Naseby Road in Alum Rock, Birmingham. There was no immediate risk to the public.

Houses in the street were temporarily evacuated as a precautionary measure while experts from West Midlands Police, the fire service and army conducted safety checks on the items.

Birmingham police officers had been searching the address having arrested the man at around 1.40am on suspicion of going equipped and possession of an offensive weapon.

Detectives now have until Tuesday morning to question the man.

Anyone with information which may help should call police on 101or the national Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.


Two people arrested suspected of terrorism offences

West Midlands Counter Terrorism officers have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK. The pair, aged 24 and 23, were arrested in Reading and Wokingham at 7.30pm this evening.

Officers say the pair didn't pose an imminent threat to the public.


Campaign to get public involved in tackling terrorism

West Midlands Police is launching a security workshop to help local businesses join them in the fight against terrorism.

Businesses will be told how to become more aware of terrorism threats Credit: PA

A range of activities to raise awareness of the threat from violent extremism will focus on five key areas: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing, and the tools that terrorists need to operate.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, from West Midlands Police, will tell an audience of business representatives in Birmingham this morning that the recent increase in the terrorism threat level demonstrates the need for everyone to work together to tackle terrorism.

Experience from around the world shows us that terrorists will target busy, crowded places to ensure that attacks have a maximum impact.

Businesses, particularly those in town and city centres, have an invaluable role to play in preventing potential attacks. Staff working in shops and entertainment centres are often the first people to spot signs that something is wrong.

We need everyone to be vigilant to things that are out of place or look suspicious, and then feel confident to come forward and report it to the police.

We are encouraging businesses to check that their security measures are effective and train their staff to detect potential threats and, if the worst should happen, respond to an attack.

– Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, West Midlands Police

EDL terror plot: Islamic extremists due to be sentenced

Six men from Birmingham are due to be sentenced for preparing to carry out an attack on a rally of the right wing group the English Defence League.

The men pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on an English Defence League rally Credit: PA

The men only failed in their deadly plan because the gathering in Dewsbury in West Yorkshire finished earlier than expected.

Jewel Uddin, 27, Omar Mohammed Khan, 31, Mohammed Hasseen, 24, Anzal Hussain, 25, Mohammed Saud, 23, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22, all from Birmingham, are all due to appear at the Old Bailey.

Their sentencing comes amid fresh publicity surrounding the EDL in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, and increased tensions between various political and religious factions.

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