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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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.
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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."
Two men arrested in Cheltenham yesterday, have both been rearrested on suspicion of the commission, instigation or preparation of a terrorist act.
It follows an examination of the items found in a garage in Buttermere Close in the Hatherley area of Cheltenham.
The South East Counter Terrorism Unit has now taken over the investigation.
The 52-year-old man and 31-year-old-man are both from Cheltenham. They remain in police custody.
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Gloucestershire Police say it is highly unlikely families evacuated from their homes in Up Hatherley in Cheltenham will be able to return tonight.
A 200m police cordon was setup on Friday around a garage in Buttermere Close whilst an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team search the building.
We sincerely apologise to all of those affected by today’s events. We know these are difficult circumstances but we ask for their patience and support.
This is a painstaking and methodical process in which everyone's safety is absolutely paramount. For this reason the specialist searches that are being carried out cannot be rushed.
Unfortunately this means that we are now almost certain we won’t be able to clear the cordon this evening to allow people back into their homes.”
Earlier a 52 year old and a 31 year old man were arrested during a planned police operation looking into the potential misues of explosives.
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Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin has sent this report from the scene: