Police granted more time to quiz Islamist terror suspects

I am getting more information from the newspapers of the Midlands about these arrests because one of the men lives in Leicester than I am newspapers local to East London and Essex where the rest of the plotters live. The Barking and Dagenham Post hasn’t even mentioned the little matter of the Islamic nature of the plot. From the Express and Star

Counter-terrorism police have been granted more time to quiz three men and a 17-year-old boy arrested over a suspected Islamist terror plot.

Police said no shots were fired during the two armed raids in the capital, but the 27-year-old man was bitten on the foot by a police dog. He was taken to hospital, where he remains being treated for his injuries, the force added. All four suspects were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The other three men are being held in police custody, while officers search a number of addresses.

Scotland Yard said on Friday that it had been granted warrants of further detention for the four men allowing them to be held next week. Officers were still searching four addresses in east and south London, it added. The Met said that a search at an address in Leicestershire was now complete, but another at a second address in the area was ongoing.

Sources told the PA news agency the raids were part of an intelligence-led operation over a suspected Islamist plot. BBC News home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said sources indicated the arrests were part of a potentially “significant” counter-terrorism operation and related to a suspected plot in the UK.