As police continue to question two men on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, nearby residents have been given the chance to put questions to detectives.
600 people were forced out of their homes after explosives were found in a garage in Buttermere Close in Cheltenham on Friday.
As police continue to question two men on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, residents in Up Hatherley are being given the chance to put their questions to officers.
Supt Neil Mantle from Gloucestershire Police had this to say about the public 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.
Residents have been invited to St Margaret's Hall to discuss any problems. Officers have also increased patrols in the area
Police are still questioning two men they arrested in Cheltenham on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. Officers raided a garage in Buttermere Close on Friday and four controlled explosions were carried out the next day. Eli-Louise Wringe reports.
Two men are still being questioned by counter terrorism police following controlled explosions at the weekend in Cheltenham. Police presence remains high in the Buttermere Close area of the town. Our reporter @EliLouiseITV is there.
Police have until Friday to question two men arrested in Cheltenham under the terrorism act. Counter Terrorism officers were given more time to question the pair yesterday.
They were arrested on Friday after items were found in a garage in Buttermere Close. A series of controlled explosions were carried out yesterday at the site.
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.
Police in Cheltenham carried out a series of controlled explosions today after two men were arrested under the terrorism act. It follows a police investigation yesterday in Buttermere Close. More than 100 homes were evacuated:
– Cordelia Lynch, Reporter
Cordon lifted around Buttermere Close, Cheltenham. Garage where controlled explosions took place still sealed off. 52 year old and 31 year old man from Cheltenham still being questioned over alleged terrorism offences.
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.
– Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry
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.