Derby terror arrests: What we know so far

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As five out of six of the group arrested this morning are from Derbyshire my first port of call is the local newspaper the Derby Telegraph.  The London Evening Standard says very little about the woman arrested in London.

A woman from London was one of six people arrested by anti-terror police in a series of dawn raids today.The 32-year-old was detained by detectives on suspicion of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

Four Derby men have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences in a series of early morning raids.

Derbyshire police could not reveal the addresses searched but there is a heavy police presence in Normanton. Leopold Street is currently cordoned off, though it has not been confirmed whether this is linked to a terrorism investigation.

Confused residents have reported seeing a bomb disposal unit in the street. Here is what we know so far:

  • Four Derby men, aged 22, 27, 35 and 36, a 27-year-old Burton man and a 32-year-old woman from London have all been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act. Six properties in Derby, Burton and London have been searched as part of the investigation.
  • Leopold Street in Normanton has been cordoned off this morning as police are on the scene, though whether or not this is linked to the investigation is not yet known.
  • Residents in the area have reported seeing a bomb disposal unit in the street as well as Army personnel, though counter terrorism police have not yet confirmed this. Charnwood Street is also cordoned off.

A Derbyshire police spokeswoman said: “The six people are currently in police custody. This is an ongoing investigation led by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit supported by local officers from Derbyshire, Staffordshire and the Metropolitan Police.

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