London police arrest twelve men on terrorism charges

Twelve men have been arrested this morning in a large-scale, pre-planned, intelligence-led national counter terrorism operation.

The men – five from Cardiff, four from Stoke and three from London – were detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK (Terrorism Act 2000).

Aged between 17 and 28, the suspects were detained by unarmed officers at approximately 5am.

All were arrested at or near their home addresses, with the exception of one suspect from Stoke who was at a domestic property in Birmingham.

Searches are now being conducted at the home addresses, plus the address in Birmingham and another residence in London.

The suspects will be held at police stations in Central London, the North West and the West Midlands.

The operation is being led by DAC Stuart Osborne – Senior National Coordinator Terrorist Investigations, and coordinated from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit. It also involves the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, South Wales Police and Staffordshire Police.

Assistant Commissioner John Yates, national lead for counter terrorism policing, says: "This is a large scale, pre-planned and intelligence led operation involving several forces.

"The operation is in its early stages so we are unable to go into detail at this time about the suspected offences. However, I believe it was necessary at this time to take action in order to ensure public safety."

Those detained were:

Male aged 28 from Cardiff

Male aged 26 from Cardiff

Male aged 25 from Cardiff

Male aged 24 from Cardiff

Male aged 23 from Cardiff

Male aged 19 from Stoke-on-Trent

Male aged 26 from Stoke-on-Trent

Male aged 26 from Stoke-on-Trent

Male ages 25 from Stoke-on-Trent

Males aged 20 from London

Male aged 28 from London

Male aged 17 from London

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