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Police given extra time to quiz Somerset man arrested on suspicion of Northern Ireland terrorism offences

30-year-old Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. Credit: Facebook

Police have been given more time to question a Somerset man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell was arrested last Wednesday and a property in Exminster was searched by police.

The 30-year-old was detained as part of an investigation by the Metropolitan Police into Northern Ireland-related terrorism.

Police have been given a further seven days to question him and his detention has been authorised until Wednesday 7 September.

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Somerset serviceman arrested on suspicion of terrorism

A serviceman from Somerset has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The 30-year-old man was arrested as part of a pre-planned intelligence-led investigation into Northern Ireland related terrorism.

He was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism, supported by Avon and Somerset and Devon and Cornwall Police forces.

He has now been taken to a West Country police station.

Searches are being carried out at an address in South Devon, as well as a wooded area nearby.

The man, who is a serving member of the British armed forces, was arrested at an address in Somerset and has been taken to a West Country police station.

The public can be reassured that there is no intelligence to suggest an immediate threat to our communities.

– Met Police

We are aware of a police investigation involving the arrest of a member of the Armed Forces under the 2000 Terrorism Act and will assist this investigation fully.

It would be inappropriate to comment further on an ongoing investigation.

– Ministry of Defence
  • The threat to Great Britain from Northern Ireland-related terrorism is currently ranked as 'substantial'.
  • The threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism is 'severe'.

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