Two teens in custody after arrests for suspicion of terrorism offences

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, as part of an ongoing investigation being led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

An 18-year-old man was arrested at an address in Essex on Wednesday, May 18 on suspicion of encouraging terrorism (contrary to section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 (TACT).

On Thursday, May 19, he was detained under TACT and a warrant of further detention application was granted by Westminster Magistrates’ Court, allowing detectives to keep him in custody until Wednesday, May 25.

He is being held at a London police station while enquiries continue.

On Friday, May 20, a 17-year-old girl was arrested at an address in east London as part of the same investigation. She was arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and taken to a London police station. A warrant of further detention application was granted by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, May 21, allowing detectives to keep her in custody until Friday, May 27.

The investigation related to alleged offences linked to extreme Islamist ideology.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Across the country, police are working hard to try and prevent young people from being radicalised, and acting quickly when it is suspected that offences have been committed.

“Police rely on information from the public in our mission to tackle terrorism. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious and think someone may be engaging in terrorist activity, trust your instincts and contact police.”

+ To report something unusual or suspicious, or if you think someone may be engaging in terrorist activity, trust your instincts and act by reporting it in confidence at gov.uk/ACT or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, dial 999.

Visit www.actearly.uk to find out how you can seek help and support for anyone who you suspect may be being radicalised.

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Mick Ferris

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