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Police increase security after 'anonymous information'

West Midlands Police has implemented additional security measures after receiving anonymous information yesterday.

The force said the information, which is related to the safety of the police officers and staff, is currently being assessed. The national security threat remains at severe meaning a terrorist attack is highly likely.

West Midlands Police treat all information relating to matters of security extremely seriously.

In this particular case we have received information relating to the safety of West Midlands Police officers and police staff. There is nothing at this time to suggest there is an increased risk to members of the public.

We have taken the opportunity to remind all employees of the need to be vigilant. Our priority remains serving our communities and protecting them from harm. Officers remain on patrol and our staff continue to respond to calls for service as usual.

– Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth

Police force increases security for officers after tip-off

West Midlands Police has increased security for its officers following an anonymous tip-off "relating to their safety".

Officers were held on duty overnight to be given a security reminder and staff were advised about safety when travelling home in partial uniform.

West Midlands Police has enforced security for its officers Credit: PA

Confirming the implementation of "additional security measures" the force said it is investigating the tip-off and takes information relating to matters of security "extremely seriously".

Asst Ch Cons Garry Forsyth, said:

In this particular case we have received information relating to the safety of West Midlands Police officers and police staff. There is nothing at this time to suggest there is an increased risk to members of the public.

We have taken the opportunity to remind all employees of the need to be vigilant. Our priority remains serving our communities and protecting them from harm.

Officers remain on patrol and our staff continue to respond to calls for service as usual.

– ACC Garry Forsyth, West Midlands Police

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West Midlands Police security threat: officers allowed to return home

Officers have been warned not to use public transport to return home Credit: PA Wire

ITV News has learned West Midlands Police officers have now been stood down and are allowed to return home.

Officers are back responding but have been told not to use public transport to go home tonight.

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More time for police to question terror suspects

Police in the West Midlands have been given an extra five days to question three men and one woman arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

They can now be detained until March 4th.

Those detained include Moazzam Begg, who is suspected of attending a terrorist training camp. He previously spent nearly three years in Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being released without charge.

They were arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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CAGE claims Begg arrest linked to pending Syria report

Campaign group CAGE says it is "outraged" by the arrest of Mozzam Begg and claim the arrest was linked to the group's pending report on Syria.

A statement reads: "This arrest forms a part of the general approach by the UK security agencies which considers any travel to Syria as suspicious.

"There has been a concerted campaign of harassment against Muslim individuals and charities who get involved in supporting the victims of the Syrian crisis.

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has been arrested by West Midlands Police. Credit: Press Association

"We do not accept involvement by Moazzam Begg in any form of terrorism. He is simply one of many individuals and charities involved in Syria being viewed with suspicion in an effort to send a message to the wider Muslim community that working in Syria is no go area for them...

"Moazzam has been very open about all of his travel and all of his objectives with regards to that travel including exposing British complicity in rendition and torture. CAGE challenges the timing of Moazzam's arrest given his travel to Syria took place in December 2012.

"CAGE is worried that the timing coincides with the planned release of our report on Syria and a major news piece that was due to be televised soon.

"We are also concerned that the Police and the security services are using the wide scope of terrorism laws, and applying them in Syria to set precedents that will make legitimate activity unlawful in future."

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Moazzam Begg neighbour: two vehicles taken by police

Neighbour Maureen Cooper reported seeing police activity at Moazzam Begg's house in Hall Green from about seven o'clock.

She said a number of unmarked vehicles had arrived, one of which appeared to contain photographic equipment.

A small silver car and a green people carrier were taken away on low loaders, she said.

She also said Mr. Begg's wife had told her in a conversation last autumn that he had been abroad for "several months."

Begg's 'passport seized in December over Syria travel'

"MI5 was concerned about the possibility of Britons in Syria being radicalised and returning to pose a potential threat to national security," he wrote in December 2013 on the website of his campaign group CagePrisoners.

"I told them that Britain had nothing to worry about, especially since British foreign policy, at the time, seemed in favour of the rebels. At the end of the meeting I was assured by MI5 that my proposed return to Syria to continue my work would not be hindered, and it wasn't."

He adds that on returning from a trip to South Africa in December he was "met upon arrival at Heathrow by officials who served me with a notice to seize my passport under the 'Royal Prerogative' stating that it was assessed my previous visits to Syria had constituted involvement in terrorism."

Police: Naming Moazzam Begg 'does not imply any guilt'

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said:

We can confirm that Moazzam Begg was arrested this morning.

We are confirming this name as a result of the anticipated high public interest to accredited media.

She added that naming Mr Begg does "not imply any guilt".

Head of investigations for West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, said earlier:

All four arrests are connected. They were pre-planned and intelligence led. There was no immediate risk to public safety.

We continue to urge anyone planning to travel to Syria to read the advice issued by the Foreign Office.

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