Five men and a woman have been arrested today (Wednesday 3 January) on suspicion of terrorism offences.
The men – a 26-year-old from Cambridge, a 21-year-old from Banbury, Oxfordshire, a 28-year-old from Wolverhampton, a 26-year-old from Leicester and a 24-year-old from Stockport – and a 37-year-old woman also from Banbury, have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000; namely on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation (National Action) contrary to sec 11 of the Terrorism Act.
The five men are being held in the West Midlands and the woman at a police station outside the force area.
The arrests were carried out with West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit in conjunction with North West CTU, South East CTU, Eastern
CTIU and EMSOU-SB (previously EM CTIU).
A number of properties are being searched in connection with the arrests.
The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led; there was no threat to the public’s safety.