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Couple arrested on suspicion of planning terror attack in UK

 

 

A young couple have been arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the UK.

The pair were detained by counter-terrorism police at separate addresses in Reading and Wokingham on Thursday evening.

It followed an-going intelligence operation by MI5 and police.

Detectives said they did not believe an attack was imminent but they had moved in to protect the public.

A 24-year-old man and his 23-year-old girlfriend are being questioned by officers from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism. 

The man is from the Palmer Park area of Reading and the woman is from Earley in Wokingham.

Their homes are being searched and it is understood they were at an early stage of their alleged plot.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said the pair had been taken to a police station in the West Midlands for questioning.

“A man aged 24 from Reading and a woman aged 23 from Wokingham have been arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK,” he added.

“The pair, believed to be friends, were detained at approximately 7.30 this evening by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, assisted by officers from the South East CTU.

“Their home addresses are being searched.

“The arrests were intelligence led and made to safeguard public safety. However, the action taken was pre-planned and police assess that the pair did not posed any imminent threat.

“The man is from the Palmer Park area of Reading and the woman from Earley in Wokingham. They are being taken to a police station in the West Midlands area for questioning.”

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