16 November 2021, 18:47
Two men in west London have been arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Command.
Metropolitan Police have confirmed that two men aged 19 and 21 were detained this morning and a search of an address in west London is underway.
Met’s head of counter-terrorism, Richard Smith, said the arrests were “not linked” to the incident in Liverpool, adding that there was no “immediate threat” to the public.
Commander Smith continued: “Based on inquiries from detectives so far, there is believed to be no immediate threat to the public and the detainees remain in custody.
“We are all aware that Britain’s national threat level has been raised from significant to serious following the events in Merseyside, and we need to work together to defeat terrorism.
“The public is, as always, our eyes and ears, and nothing should stop you from reporting suspicions to the police.”
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“Every day, teams within the Met and across Counter Terrorism Policing nationally proactively investigate, identify, and target those we suspect of being involved in terrorism.
“If you see or hear something during your everyday life that does not work properly, trust your instincts and report it, as your information may be the key to stopping terrorist activity.”
The statement comes after the force earlier today carried out a controlled explosion of a “suspicious” vehicle “as a precaution” in western Croydon.
A roadblock was put in place near the station, and nearby buildings and shops were evacuated, with travel services interrupted.
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Police later confirmed that the incident was not treated as terror-related and that a man had been reported for blocking the highway, but he was not arrested.
On Monday, the British terrorist threat was raised to ‘serious’ after an explosion in Liverpool on Remembrance Sunday.
The change means an attack is “most likely” across the country moving forward.