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Police launch counter-terror investigation after two improvised explosive devices found at a north London flat

The block of flats was evacuated and local road closures put in place Credit: PA

Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have launched an investigation after two devices were found at an address in Harlesden, north London.

Police were called to an address in Craven Park this morning to reports of two suspicious devices found in an unoccupied flat which was in the process of being refurbished.

The block of flats was evacuated and local road closures put in place whilst specialist officers assessed the two devices.

Initial assessment was that they were both improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The two devices were subsequently made safe and recovered from the flat and are now undergoing further forensic examination.

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Further searches took place before the area was deemed safe and the cordon was lifted at around 6pm, the Metropolitan Police said.

Chief Superintendent Simon Rose said: “The next stage is to investigate how and why the two devices came to be in this flat and detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command will be leading this.

“The public’s safety is our top priority, and I would like to pay tribute to the specialist officers who attended and were able to safely recover the devices.

“I also want to reassure the local community that we have carried out precautionary searches in the surrounding area to make sure there was nothing else of a similar nature nearby.”

He appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

There have been no arrests.