CTU

Release of Dewsbury Men Arrested for Terrorism Offences

Update 07/04/18

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

The two men from Dewsbury, arrested on Tuesday (April 4), have been released without charge this evening. The investigation continues.

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 the men with terrorism offences.

Police in Kirklees continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public.

Kirklees District Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter, said: “I’d like to thank local residents for their support and patience over the last few days, which have understandably caused some concern within our communities. Public safety remains our utmost priority and I want to offer my reassurance that we will continue to serve and protect the public of Kirklees.

“As always, we would encourage people to come forward if they have concerns about suspicious activity. We work very closely with our colleagues at Counter Terrorism Policing North East and are committed to ensuring that any information we receive continues to be acted upon quickly and efficiently."

Information can be shared with police in confidence on 0800 789321. In an emergency always dial 999. Reports can also be made online at gov.uk/act.

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Update 04/04/18

Counter Terrorism Policing North East have been granted warrants of further detention to continue questioning two men arrested on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

The men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

This morning an extension was approved by the court, giving detectives until April 10 to question the men, aged 52 years and 21 years.

A residential address in Dewsbury is still being searched by specialist officers. West Yorkshire Police continues to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public.

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Two men from Dewsbury, aged 52 and 21, have been arrested by Counter Terrorism Policing North East on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. They have been detained at a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning. Two residential addresses in Savile Town are being searched in connection with the ongoing investigation.

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

We appreciate local people may have concerns as a result of this activity and we are grateful for their patience and understanding while these enquiries are carried out. We would also like to reassure them that the arrests were pre-planned and part of a proactive, intelligence-led investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East. Anyone with concerns is asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

These arrests are not connected to the ongoing CT investigation into malicious communications.

West Yorkshire Police Superintendent for the Kirklees Area Marianne Huison 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 West Yorkshire.  

"We work very closely with our colleagues in CT Policing North East and with local partners 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”

Call the confidential hotline on 0800 789 321
In an emergency, always dial 999

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