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Five arrested by anti-terror police in investigation linked to Paris attacks

One man was arrested at Gatwick airport on Friday Credit: PA

Five people were arrested in Birmingham on Thursday and Friday in relation to alleged terrorist activities.

Four of the individuals – three men aged 26, 40 and 59 and a 29-year-old woman - were arrested in the city on Thursday evening.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at Gatwick airport in the early hours of Friday.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said the arrests were part of an "extensive investigation" involving French and Belgian partners addressing "any associated threat to the UK following the attacks in Europe".

The five are currently being held for questioning.

ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo said that a "large part of the investigation" had revolved around Mohamed Abrini, the so-called Brussels man-in the hat.

"He has been a significant figure in all of this and he's involved in the investigation that led up to these arrests today", he said.

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Blaze at Birmingham warehouse rages for five hours

Eight crews from West Midlands Fire Service were dispatched to the scene. Credit: @WestMidsFire

Nearly 100 firefighters fought a major industrial park fire in Bromford, Birmingham for almost five hours, before finally bringing it under control.

The blaze ripped through the offices of a large car parts warehouse on Thursday evening, prompting fire chiefs to advise locals to close their windows and doors.

Eight crews from West Midlands Fire Service were dispatched to the scene on Wingfoot Way after the alarm was raised at around 7pm.

Seven fire engines from around Birmingham, West Bromwich and Sutton Coldfield and two hydraulic platforms were sent to deal with the fire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said no-one was injured in the blaze, but they did send a hazardous area response team, a paramedic manager and an emergency planner to the scene to assist.

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