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Thirteen men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act after raids in London and three English counties. The arrests were made in north-west London, Hertfordshire, Luton in Bedfordshire and Blackburn, Lancashire.
Police said the men, aged in their 20s and 30s, were suspected of involvement in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Officers from the Met's Anti-Terrorist branch were backed by local forces in the "intelligence-led, pre-planned" operation.
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told BBC News Online she had seen a number of officers, some in flak jackets and others in plain clothes. She said the men had been dressed by police in white paper suits and their hands and feet covered with plastic bags before they were driven away.Resident Pearl Bernasconi told the BBC she had seen forensic officers pore over the car from which the suspects were pulled. Several nearby roads were closed while investigations were carried out.
Originally posted by muppet
Blackburn? Hmm.. they give the road in the article and it's about 10 minutes from my place. I'll shoot down there with my camera now and see what's up. Back soon!!
Originally posted by rangeroftheeast
Our roving reporter!
Nothing to report or show though. I just drove the length of Preston Old Rd twice, and no sign of any activity at all. Not even a single police car/van or anything. I checked all the side streets too, but nothing.
Not even a single house with activity going on around it. Have they all been and gone? maybe they reported the wrong road?
Originally posted by marg6043
I guess UK is not behind in the terrorist scares, been such a close or the closes friend the US have.
Originally posted by asala
I live only minuits away from one of the arrests, there was a big police chase and they shut down the whole road checked all the cars then found a guy laying in a bush, then arrested him under the terror act,
Wish i had my camera phone!!
Originally posted by muppet
Blackburn? Hmm.. they give the road in the article and it's about 10 minutes from my place.
People living near the different homes have been talking about the raids they witnessed.
In Blackburn, Tincie Hill saw officers surround a gold Mercedes.
"Both of the men in the car were Asian. The driver had a beard. "The passenger was laid in the gutter with two policemen with guns trained on him. The driver was on his knees at the back of the car with guns pointing at him as well."
In Luton, witnesses said an Asian man was pulled from his car by seven armed police officers.
Leigh Mayes said officers carrying semi-automatic machine-guns, held the man against his maroon hatchback for nearly three hours while forensic teams carried out searches.
Also somene caught all the Action on there mobile!