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Counter-terror police probe after man with knives arrested

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Counter-terror police are investigating the arrest of a man in possession of knives near an Army Reserve centre.

The 23-year-old suspect was detained by armed police on Sunday night in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, and remains in custody while inquiries continue.

A police spokesman said there was no suggestion of any threat to the Army Reserve premises at this stage.

West Midlands Police said in a statement:

The motives of the man are not yet known. The arrest is being investigated by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit supported by West Mercia Police.

– West Midlands Police statement

News of the arrest emerged after Security Minister Ben Wallace said he believed an Army location in the Midlands may have been targeted by an individual reported to be in possession of knives and an axe.

Mr Wallace told reporters:

This is part of, I'm afraid, the unprecedented level of activity that we are seeing.

– Security Minister, Ben Wallace

West Mercia Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans said:

I understand that this will be extremely concerning for the residents of Kidderminster but I would like to reassure you that at this time we believe the suspect was acting alone and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

At this stage we do not believe this incident is linked to the tragic events in Finsbury Park in London last night.

I would urge people not to speculate on what has happened. As I am sure you will appreciate, this is an extremely sensitive investigation but I can assure you that we will make information available as and when it is appropriate.

– West Mercia Assistant Chief Constable, Martin Evans

Adding that additional officers would be on patrol to provide reassurance, Mr Evans said:

Our advice to residents remains the same as before, remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.

In an emergency always dial 999.

– West Mercia Assistant Chief Constable, Martin Evans