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Abu Qatada investigated over extremist material

Radical cleric Abu Qatada is being investigated over extremist material, police said today.

The 52-year-old was arrested on March 8 for alleged bail breaches, and a hearing over whether he should be granted bail was due to be held today but has been delayed.

Radical cleric Abu Qatada was arrested on March 8 for alleged bail breaches. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The hate preacher's house in north London was searched before he was held.

The material was from a range of sources including online, and police are investigating whether the publications were written by Qatada. They were in a variety of languages.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne said: "When we searched his house before his arrest that was a police search in relation to investigating some publications, to see if that was anything that reached a criminal threshold. There is an awful lot of media that needs to be looked through."