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A 52-year-old man has been charged with making explosives for unlawful purposes following the discovery of suspect materials in a garage in Buttermere Close, Cheltenham. A second man arrested has been released without charge

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Terror arrests: Residents meeting

People affected by the terror investigation and evacuation in Cheltenham are being invited to a community meeting at 6 pm this evening.

Fifty homes in the Up Hatherley area were evacuated after police found explosives at a garage in Buttermere Close on Friday. Two men are being held on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.

A meeting is being held for residents affected by the evacuation Credit: ITV West

Residents have been invited to St Margaret's Hall to discuss any problems. Officers have also increased patrols in the area

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Police given extra time to question men on arrested on terrorism offences

Police have beenmore time to continue questioning two men being detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK (contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000).

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit now have until Friday 18 May to charge, release 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.

200m cordon lifted around Buttermere Close

Gloucestershire Police are very pleased to announce that the 200 metre cordon that has been in place around Buttermere Close in the Up Hatherley area of Cheltenham is now being lifted.

A 25 metre cordon will remain in place around the garage, but this area does not contain any homes.

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.

“We would like to thank all of our partner agencies and volunteers who worked tirelessly at the rest centres in the town to make them as comfortable as possible.

– Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry
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