The two men arrested in Cheltenham on Friday May 11, have both been rearrested on suspicion of the commission, instigation or preparation of a terrorist act (contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000).
It follows an examination of the items found in a garage in Buttermere Close in the Up Hatherley area of Cheltenham. Shortly after 11.30am on Saturday 12th May a controlled explosion was carried out in Buttermere Close.
Just heard three loud bangs off alma rd towards buttermere close #cheltenham
Our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin films the moment the controlled explosions took place on Buttermere Close in Cheltenham:
The South East Counter Terrorism Unit has now assumed responsibility for the ongoing investigation.
The 52-year-old man and 31-year-old-man are both from Cheltenham. They remain in police custody.
More than 100 homes remain evacuated in Cheltenham.
– Richard Berry, Assistant Chief Constable for Gloucestershire Constabulary
We cannot thank the community enough for their continued support and patience during what is a thorough and methodical 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
– Andrew North, Chief Executive of Cheltenham Borough Council
The joint working with Gloucestershire Police and other agencies has been fantastic.
We understand how distressing this may be for a number of Cheltenham residents but people should be reassured that we will get things back to normality as soon as possible.