POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of Islamist-related terrorism offences in Bristol, England.
The 33-year-old was detained late on Monday night (December 9) at a flat located on Tyndale Court, Imperial Road, in Clifton.
The suspect is being held in custody on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41b of the Terrorism Act (2000). Investigators will now carry out a search of his home address and devices.
The arrest forms part of a planned operation between detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) and the Counter Terrorism Policing South West. Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes said:
“At around 23:00, counter-terrorism detectives arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences and are currently carrying out searches at a residential property in Bristol.
“This was part of a pre-planned operation. I would like to thank the local community for their patience whilst we carry out searches and continue our investigation.”
Avon and Somerset Police area commander Supt Andy Bennett also said:
“I would like to reassure the local community that the arrest was part of a pre-planned operation by the counter terrorism policing network.
“We will have an increased policing presence in the local area and should anyone have any questions or concerns about this incident, I encourage them to speak to one of my officers.”
As Euro Weekly News understands there was no immediate risk to the public and the arrest was not linked to the London Bridge terror attack.
The arrest comes in response to the government’s call for a major crackdown on terrorists after convicted extremist Usman Khan carried out a stabbing rampage in the capital after he was released on license and could see a number of terrorists returned to jail,