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Ongoing Investigation by CTP North East in Chesterfield and Sheffield - Updated January 2, 2018 1700hrs

Update Tuesday, January 2, 2018 1700hrs

This is an update in connection with the ongoing investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

The 21 year old man, from the Fir Vale area of Sheffield, that was arrested on Friday, December 29 has this afternoon (Tuesday, January 2) been released without charge.

We would like to reassure the public that public safety remains our priority at all times. Extensive enquiries have satisfied the investigation that there are no grounds to charge him with any offences.

As part of this investigation, two men have been charged with terrorism offences.

(A) Farhad Salah (20/3/1995) of Brunswick Road, Sheffield is charged with one offence of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

(D) Andi Sami Star (14/12/1986) of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield is charged with one offence of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Both men were remanded in custody and will next appear before the Central Criminal Court in London on January 19, 2018.

 

Updated Monday, January 1, 2018

This is an update in connection with the ongoing investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

The 36 year old man, from Burngreave in Sheffield arrested on Tuesday, December 19 has this afternoon (Monday, January 1) been released without charge.

The 21 year old man, from the Fir Vale area of Sheffield, that was arrested on Friday, December 29, remains in custody.

We would like to reassure the public that public safety remains our priority at all times. Extensive enquiries have satisfied the investigation that there are no grounds to charge him with any offences.

South Yorkshire Police and Derbyshire Police continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public.

Updated Sunday December 31, 2017

Counter Terrorism Policing North East have been granted more time to question man arrested in Sheffield on Friday

A warrant of further detention was approved by the court this afternoon regarding a 21 year old man arrested in the Firth Park area of Sheffield on Friday December 29.

Detectives have until 6pm January 2, 2018 to hold and question the man.

Updated Saturday December 30, 2017

A further arrest has been made in South Yorkshire as a result of an ongoing investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

The 21 year old man, from the Fir Vale area of Sheffield, was 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 intelligence led arrest was made in the Firth Park area of Sheffield at approximately 23:00 hours on Friday evening (December 29)

Two addresses, a residential address in Fir Vale and a business address in Firth Park, have been searched by officers and these searches have now concluded.

Two men appeared in court yesterday charged with terrorism offences in connection with this investigation. They were among the four men arrested on December 19, with the support of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire Police.

(A) Farhad Salah (20/3/1995) of Brunswick Road, Sheffield is charged with one offence of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

(D) Andi Sami Star (14/12/1986) of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield is charged with one offence of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Both men were remanded in custody and will next appear before the Central Criminal Court in London on January 19, 2017.

(B) A 36 year old man, from Burngreave in Sheffield remains in custody at this time.

(C) A 41 year old man, from Meersbrook in Sheffield, was released without charge on Saturday December 23.

Derbyshire Police and South Yorkshire Police continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public as the investigation continues.

South Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “I understand that this activity will cause concern, especially as there has been similar activity in recent weeks.

“I would like to firmly reiterate that we continue to work closely with our colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing North East to keep our communities safe and identify threat and risk.

“Our main priority is public safety and protecting the people of South Yorkshire.

“If you have any concerns around any suspicious activity, I would encourage you to please call police in confidence on 0800 789321. In an emergency always dial 999.”

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Updated Friday December 29, 2017

Two men have appeared in court on terrorism charges following an investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by police in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire:

Farhad Salah (20/3/1995) of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, is charged with one offence of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Andi Sami Star (14/12/1986) of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, is charged with one offence of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

They were among four men arrested on Tuesday December 19. They appeared via video-link before Westminster Magistrates Court this morning, Friday December 29, 2017 and have been remanded in custody.

One man remains in police custody, a 36 year old man from Burngreave in Sheffield.

A fourth man, aged 41, from Meersbrook in Sheffield, was released on Saturday December 23.

The investigation continues.

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Updated Thursday December 28, 2017

Two men have been charged with terrorism offences following an investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by police forces in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

A 22 year old man from Sheffield has been charged with Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006

A 31 year old man from Chesterfield has been charged with Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006

Both men will appear before Westminster Magistrates tomorrow (December 29)

The two men were among 4 men arrested on Tuesday December 19 in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

One man remains in custody, a 36 year old man from Burngreave in Sheffield.

A fourth man, aged 41, from Meersbrook in Sheffield was released on Saturday December 23.

Derbyshire Police and South Yorkshire Police continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public.

If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency dial 999.

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Updated 2150hrs Saturday December 23, 2017

Searches at the scene in Chesterfield have now concluded.

Superintendent Michelle Shooter of Derbyshire Constabulary said: “I would like to thank the people of Chesterfield for their patience and understanding during the unavoidable disruption.

“Our officers have been working hard in support of Counter Terrorism Policing North East since the arrests were made on Tuesday, and for that they also have my sincere thanks.

“We will continue patrolling the area to offer reassurance to the public.

“We’d ask that people remain calm, resilient and measured in what they say and how they act during the aftermath of what has been a difficult and concerning time for local communities.”

If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999. Visit gov.uk/ACT for more information.

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Updated 1800hrs Saturday December 23, 2017

Counter Terrorism Policing North East can confirm it has been granted a warrant of further detention to continue questioning three men arrested on Tuesday, December 19.

The men 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.

This afternoon an extension was approved by the court, giving detectives until January 1, 2018 to hold and question the following men, if required:

A 22 year old man from Burngreave in Sheffield

A 36 year old man from Burngreave in Sheffield

A 31 year old man from Chesterfield

The fourth man arrested, aged 41 from Meersbrook in Sheffield, has been released from custody without charge.

We would like to reassure the public that public safety remains our priority at all times. Extensive enquiries have satisfied the investigation that there are no grounds to charge him with any offences.

South Yorkshire Police and Derbyshire Police continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public.

Searches continue at the address in Chesterfield at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

South Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley said; “I understand our local communities will have concerns and worries about recent events and issues, but I want to offer my reassurance that we are well prepared and we will continue to serve and protect the public of South Yorkshire.

“We work very closely with our colleagues at Counter Terrorism Policing North East and we will ensure we maintain these strong links in order to provide a high level of service and delivery to everyone in our community. Public safety is our utmost concern.

“The threat level has not changed and our plans remain the same with continuing, increased patrols and increased visibility of both unarmed and armed officers right across the county throughout the festive period. My advice is still to remain vigilant, but continue to go about your daily business as you usually would.

“We have a detailed understanding of all our events, shows, sporting fixtures, markets, attractions and seasonally busy places, and it’s in these places that you will see armed and unarmed staff.

“We are committed to ensure that information we receive is acted upon quickly and efficiently. If you have any concerns around any suspicious activity, I would encourage you to please call police in confidence on 0800 789321. In an emergency always dial 999.”

 

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Updated 1520hrs Friday December 22, 2017

As part of the ongoing investigation and search of the premises in Chesterfield, the Army Bomb Disposal Unit attended and has carried out a controlled explosion at a nearby safe location. 

The controlled explosion took place to safely dispose of material found at the property.  

A cordon remains in place around the premises. 

No premises have been evacuated as a result of this activity. 

Superintendent Michelle Shooter said: "I would like to thank the local residents and businesses for their continued patience and understanding whilst the detailed search of the premises continues. 

"Public safety is our priority and we understand events like this can be concerning. Our message remains for local people to remain alert but not alarmed."

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Updated 1700hrs Wednesday December 20, 2017

Following the arrests made yesterday in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire warrants of further detention have, this afternoon, been granted to continue questioning the four men in custody.

Detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing North East have been given until 4pm on December 25 to charge, release or apply for a further extension to custody.

As part of continuing activity at the scene in Chesterfield following the arrest of a terrorism suspect yesterday, specialist teams have returned to assist with the ongoing searches.

This is a precautionary measure and we will continue to take every step necessary to prioritise the safety of local residents.

We recognise that local people may have concerns as a result of this activity.  We would ask them to remain alert but not alarmed.

The cordoned off area in the town was significantly reduced yesterday afternoon and is remaining in its current position.

Superintendent Michelle Shooter, Derbyshire Police  said: “I would like to thank the people of Chesterfield for their patience and understanding during the unavoidable disruption.

“We’d ask that people are calm, resilient and measured in what they say and how they act during what is a difficult and concerning time for local communities.

“Please remember that, although speculation is natural, it is often wrong.

“We are continuing to support officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East as the investigation continues.

“Our officers are patrolling the area to offer reassurance to the public.”

South Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley, said: ““I’d like to thank everyone for their support and patience over the last 24 hours, which has understandably caused some concern within our communities

“We are continuing to support the investigation and as planned throughout the festive period you will see an increased visibility of both unarmed and armed patrols right across the county.”

If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency dial 999.

 

Updated 2130hrs Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This is an update in connection with the ongoing investigation following the arrest of four men this morning.

All searches have now been stood down for the evening. Searches at the scenes in Burngreave and Chesterfield will resume in the morning. The remaining scenes have now closed.

The four men remain in custody at this time.

Updated 1615hrs Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This is an update in connection with the ongoing investigation following the arrest of four men this morning.

The search in Stocksbridge has now concluded.

The other four searches are ongoing.

The four men remain in custody at this time.

Updated 1145hrs December, 19, 2017

Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East arrested four men from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire on suspicion of terrorism offences this morning (Tuesday December 19).

A 22 year old man was arrested from his home address in Burngreave in Sheffield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

A 36 year old man was arrested from his home address in Burngreave in Sheffield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

A 41 year old man was arrested from his home address in Meersbrook in Sheffield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

A 31 year old man was arrested from his home address in Chesterfield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The men have been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.

The arrests were intelligence led and pre planned as part of an ongoing investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East and MI5.

An additional address is now being searched in Stocksbridge, Sheffield in connection with these arrests. This takes the total number of properties to five; four in Sheffield and one in Chesterfield. The Army's Bomb Disposal Unit is currently attending the address in Chesterfield. As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, the immediate area has been cordoned off and local residents evacuated while a thorough search is carried out.

We recognise that local people may have concerns as a result of this activity.  We would ask people to remain alert but not alarmed and we are grateful for the assistance and understanding of people locally.

The public may have heard loud bangs at the time police entered the properties. We would like to reassurance them that this was part of the method of entry to gain access.

Residents will be kept as informed as possible and we are grateful for their understanding, patience and support while these enquiries continue.

Derbyshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliam said: “We of course understand that police activity of this nature can be unsettling. However, please be reassured; the arrest we wanted to make has been made. Our advice remains to be vigilant, which is not different to our day-to-day advice in the current climate, but continue to go about your business as usual.

“We will be working closely with colleagues at the North East Counter Terrorism Unit as this investigation progresses.”

South Yorkshire Police Superintendent for the Sheffield area Una Jennings said: “I understand our local communities will have concerns about this morning’s police activity but I want to offer my reassurance that we will continue to serve and protect the public of South Yorkshire.

“We work very closely with our colleagues at the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and we will ensure we maintain these strong links in order to provide a high level of service and delivery to everyone in our community. Public safety is our utmost concern.”

If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999. Visit gov.uk/ACT for more information.

 

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Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East have this morning (Tuesday December 19) arrested four men from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire on suspicion of terrorism offences: 

A 22 year old man was arrested from his home address in Sheffield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. 

A 36 year old man was arrested from his home address in Sheffield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. 

A 41 year old man was arrested from his home address in Sheffield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. 

A 31 year old man was arrested from his home address in Chesterfield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. 

The men have been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning. 

The arrests were intelligence led and pre planned as part of an ongoing investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East. 

Three properties in Sheffield and one in Chesterfield are currently being searched in connection with these arrests.  

We recognise that local people may have concerns as a result of this activity. We would ask people to remain alert but not alarmed and we are grateful for the assistance and understanding of people locally. 

Residents will be kept as informed as possible and we are grateful for their understanding, patience and support while these enquiries continue. 

South Yorkshire Police Superintendent for the Sheffield area Una Jennings said: "I understand our local communities will have concerns about this morning’s police activity but I want to offer my reassurance that we will continue to serve and protect the public of South Yorkshire.  

"We work very closely with our colleagues at the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and we will ensure we maintain these strong links in order to provide a high level of service and delivery to everyone in our community. Public safety is our utmost concern.  

"If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321 .  

"In an emergency, always dial 999. Visit gov.uk/ACT for more information."

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