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Man remains in custody following terror threats arrest

A man remains in custody following his arrest in connection with an investigation into terror threats made to West Midlands Police officers.

A 31 year-old man is currently being questioned by police over the alleged terror threats Credit: PA Wire

The 31-year-old was arrested at a house in the region by officers at the Counter Terrorism Unit.

Police have not confirmed the specific details of the case, but did not deny reports that there had been a threat to kidnap and kill a police officer.

Man arrested after threats to kill serving police officer

Counter terrorism officers tonight arrested a man in the west Midlands, after a threat was made to kidnap and kill a serving police officer.

The threat was phoned into force there overnight. New safety advice has now been given to its officers, who have been told not to wear uniforms when travelling to work.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports:

Man held after threats made to West Midlands Police

A 31 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation into threats made to West Midlands Police officers and staff yesterday.

Police said that the man was arrested at a property in the West Midlands by officers from the Counter Terrorism Unit, who are leading the investigation.

Police attacks tip-off 'anonymous but credible'

West Midlands Police says the tip-off from a member of the public that led to a security alert last night came from an anonymous source but contained "credible information".

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said the force had "acted swiftly to relay details to officers and remind them over the importance to remain vigilant."

He added that the information did not indicate any risk to the wider public and "there was no increased risk to people".

We took steps last night to ensure the safety of our officers and staff: some were held on duty at the end of their shifts whilst they were given the security reminder but at no time were officers taken off the streets.

– Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, West Midlands Police

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Police insist it is 'business as usual' after security threat

Police chiefs have insisted that it is "business as usual" on the streets of the West Midlands, despite a serious threat to officers' safety which sparked a major security alert.

An anonymous tip-off overnight is believed to have exposed a plot to kidnap and kill a serving officer in Birmingham. Officers were kept on duty while a special security briefing was held.

An anonymous tip-off overnight is believed to have exposed a plot to kidnap and kill a serving officer in Birmingham. Credit: PA

Asst Ch Cons Garry Forsyth said the information was still being analysed, and refused to comment on the details of the tip-off.

All I would say is this is subject to a fast-moving and dynamic investigation by our counter-terrorism officers right now, so I won't comment on the specifics.

It's business as usual. You can be reassured that [officers] are out there - they are going about their normal daily business.

They're dealing with road traffic collisions, involved with safeguarding children and investigating serious crime, and that is happening now.

It is no different to any other Tuesday and it was no different last night to any other Monday.

– ACC Garry Forsyth, West Midlands Police

Met Police assessing 'threats to kill' West Midlands officer

The head of the Metropolitan Police has revealed his force is assessing threats which sparked a major security alert in the West Midlands to determine whether officers from other forces might be in danger.

Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said further guidance had not been given to Met officers at this stage, but confirmed he had spoken to the West Midlands Police chief constable to find out what the state of the threat was.

Once we've assessed it, we'll decide whether or not to give any further advice.

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

It comes after an anonymous tip-off reportedly exposed a plot to kidnap and kill a serving police officer in Birmingham.

Security alert after 'threats to kidnap and kill police officer'

Threats to kidnap and kill a serving police officer in Birmingham were behind a major security alert in the West Midlands overnight, according to reports.

Additional security measures have now been implemented at the force, including issuing advice to officers about travelling to and from work in partial uniform, and security at police stations in the region.

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