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Man released on bail in terrorism investigation

The man was arrested at the Balti King restaurant on Monday Credit: ITV News

A 26-year-old man arrested in Hayle on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) working alongside officers from the Devon and Cornwall Police made the arrest at the Balti King restaurant in Fore Street in Hayle on Monday, 3 November.

Police say the investigation relates to conflicts overseas and is not linked to any immediate threat to local communities or anywhere else in the UK.

The man, who is not thought to be a British National, has been bailed until 3 February 2015

Terror alert poses "no threat to the community"

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the Balti King restaurant in Hayle on suspicion of terrorism Credit: ITV News

Police have been reassuring members of the public at a press conference after a man was arrested in Hayle on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism.

Superintendent Jim Pearce said there was no threat to the local community.

I can tell you that we worked with officers from the South East counter terrorism unit, we assisted them in a pre-planned warrant to arrest a male under section five of the terrorism act.

This was a low key arrest, proportionate to the circumstances. The person in our custody needs to be interviewed and we need to discuss the investigation that is in hand.

It doesn't involve local people, or anybody in the UK. There is no threat to the local community. A lot of work was done behind the scenes and that work was presented to us by our colleagues in the counter terrorism unit. I can understand that local people have concerns but I would like to reassure them that the investigation is not locally based, it is overseas.

– Superintendent Jim Pearce, Devon & Cornwall Police

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People in Hayle feel "under threat" after terror arrest

Police activity in Fore Street in Hayle where a man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism Credit: ITV News

People and businesses near the restaurant in Hayle where a man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism say they have been extremely worried by the news.

There was a huge amount of police activity. Obviously the police van was parked outside and we didn't really know what was going on because we hadn't heard anything and we've just come in this morning to open up the shop and been told what's going on next door".

"What's your reaction to that?"

"Totally horrified."

"It's somewhere in Cornwall where you don't expect anything like this to happen. It's almost unheard of us to feel that way. I now feel under threat and I'm sure everyone else in the local area will feel the same."

– Paul and Gemma Triggs, Business owners

Terror suspect arrested at restaurant in Hayle

The scene of the arrest of a 26-year-old man on a suspected terrorism offence Credit: ITV News

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism.

Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police, along with members of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit, made the arrest at the Balti King restaurant in Fore Street in Hayle yesterday (Monday).

The man, who is not thought to be a British National, is being held at a police station in Cornwall.

Man held in terror investigation "not British"

Devon & Cornwall Police worked with officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) to make the arrest Credit: ITV News

It is understood that a 26-year-old man being held on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism is not a British national.

The arrest was made in Fore Street in Hayle last night by officers of South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU), working alongside Devon and Cornwall Police officers.

The man is being held locally (in Cornwall).

ITV News West Country understands that the investigation mainly relates to use of the internet and there is no suggestion of anything along the lines of a bomb factory.

A police presence will remain in the Fore Street area to reassure residents.

Man arrested in Hayle in terrorism investigation

A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Hayle on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism, under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

The man, who was arrested last night (Monday), is being questioned by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) at a police station in the Devon and Cornwall area.

The arrest relates to an investigation by SECTU in relation to conflicts overseas and police say it is not linked to any immediate threat to local communities or anywhere in the UK.

I would like to reassure the community that this investigation should have very little impact on local residents.

The arrest was pre-planned and was not made in response to any immediate threat to public safety in Hayle. Our officers will continue to maintain a presence in the area, offering reassurance to the local community.

– Supt Jim Pearce, Devon & Cornwall Police

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Dart case shows 'how terrorists live in our midst'

These are dangerous men. Mahmood had received terrorist training in Pakistan and suggested he had knowledge of how to make home made explosives while Dart and Alom made great efforts to travel to Pakistan and aspired to seek training from terrorist groups there.

They all were clearly aware of anti-surveillance techniques as shown by the use of silent conversations and expressed a desire to carry out terrorist attacks.

This was a complex investigation carried out jointly by the Counter Terrorism Command and the Security Service but mixture of dedicated, diligent traditional detective work combined with the latest technology and computer techniques brought these men to justice and made the public safer.

This case serves as a classic example of how terrorists live in our midst while preparing their acts and their determination to travel overseas to train before returning to the UK.

It also illustrates the balance we need to achieve between maintaining public safety while gathering sufficient evidence to secure a conviction while maintaining the confidence of all our communities.

– Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne, Senior National Co-ordinator Counter Terrorism
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Terror plot trio 'had not ruled out UK attack'

Mahmood and Dart were both given extended sentences and will serve two-thirds of their prison terms rather than half, and will spend five years on licence.

Dart refused to stand when he was sentenced, saying: "I don't wish to stand up, I believe ruling and judging is only for Allah."

The judge said that they were all "committed fundamentalists" who would have been prepared to kill.

He told Dart and Mahmood:

I'm satisfied to the required criminal standard that neither of you had ruled out an attack in the United Kingdom, and that you, Mahmood, were looking at arming yourself with a bomb.

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British extremist jailed for nine years

Three British Islamic extremists including a white Muslim convert and a former police community support officer have been jailed for terrorism.

Richard Dart, Jahangir Alom and Imran Mahmood, were sentenced at the Old Bailey for engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.

Richard Dart, who changed his name to Salahuddin al-Britani, Jahangir Alom and Imran Mahmood. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Dart was jailed for six years, Alom for four years and six months and Mahmood for nine years and nine months.

Mr Justice Simon told the trio they held "radical Islamist beliefs and have shown yourselves to be committed to acts of terrorism".

They admitted the offence between July 2010 and July last year at a previous hearing last month.

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