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Police given extra time to question terror suspects

Police erected a 200 metre cordon around a property in Cheltenham following the discovering of a suspect device. Credit: ITV News

Police in Cheltenham have been given more time to continue questioning two men being detained on suspicion of the terrorist offences following the discovery of a suspicious device in a garage.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit now have until Friday 18 May to charge, or release the men, or apply for an additional extension.

The men, both from Cheltenham and aged 52 and 31, were arrested on Friday following the examination of items found in a garage on Buttermere Close in Cheltenham.

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Police cordon lifted in Cheltenham

Gloucestershire Police have lifted a 200-metre cordon around Buttermere Close in the Up Hatherley area of Cheltenham, after two men were arrested under suspicion of terrorism offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry said:

“We know that this announcement will come as a huge relief to all of the families that haven’t been able to access their homes over the last couple of days, meaning residents who live within that area can now return home.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the community during what had to be a methodical and thorough search of the area for the safety of local residents.

Officers from Gloucestershire Police will be carrying out house to house enquiries in the area. A 25 metre cordon will remain in place around the garage.

Homes evacuated in Cheltenham

More than 100 homes remain evacuated in Cheltenham after two men were arrested under suspicion of terrorism offences. Police have erected a 200 metre cordon around a garage in Buttermere Close following the discovering of an item "requiring further investigation."

At the moment we unfortunately are not able to say when we will be able to lift the cordon

It remains in place for the public's safety and we have seen that it is justified by the results of the search thus far.

However we will endeavour to return the area to normality as soon as practicable when we can ensure there is no risk of harm to local residents."

– Richard Berry, Assistant chief constable of Gloucestershire police

'Controlled explosions' in Cheltenham

Buttermere close has been cordoned off since yesterday. Residents have not been told when they can return to their homes. Credit: ITV News

There are reports of a series of controlled explosions in Cheltenham after police evacuated more than 100 homes after finding a suspect device in a garage in Buttermere Close.

Police have rearrested two men for suspected terrorist offences.

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