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Police granted more time to question Middlesbrough terror suspect

A house in Teesville and three others, including two in Middlesbrough, were raided Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION

A terror suspect from Middlesbrough will face up to five extra days of questioning.

Counter-terrorism officers were granted approval this morning to keep the 21-year-old in custody until Saturday before either charging, releasing or applying for even more time.

The Teesside man was arrested in north London on Saturday morning as part of a major operation that sparked raids on four properties.

Counter Terrorism Policing North East confirmed a court had granted a "warrant of further detention" to allow them to keep him in custody.

The specialist unit raided a house in Teesville and three others - one in north London and two others in Middlesbrough - on Saturday morning.

Neighbours would later find out it was part of a massive "intelligence-led" operation following the arrest of a Middlesbrough man in the capital. The man was detained under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of "being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism".

Police spent hours searching the contents of the house until the discovery of "potentially suspicious items" inside saw bomb disposal experts drafted in.

Officers discovered Credit: NCJMEDIA SYNDICATION

Cleveland Police continues to support the investigation which is led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East and the address searches are now complete.

Our neighbourhood officers remain in the area providing reassurance patrols and we would once again thank local residents for their co-operation and patience whilst police activity took place over the weekend.

– Cleveland Police

Officers have up to 14 days to question people under the Terrorism Act but this is subject to continual review by the courts.