Six held over suspected links to banned terrorist group in Britain; the suspects include one female; Police says the arrest were pre-planned and intelligence-led with no threat to the public’s safety….reports Asian Lite News
Five men and a woman were arrested in Britain on suspicion of belonging to banned far-right terrorist group National Action.
Britain’s West Midlands Police said the suspects, aged between 21 and 37, were detained under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.
The male suspects included a 26-year-old from Cambridge, a 21-year-old from Banbury, Oxfordshire, a 28-year-old from Wolverhampton, a 26-year-old from Leicester and a 24-year-old from Stockport.
The female suspect was a 37-year-old, also from Banbury, West Midlands police said.
The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led with no threat to the public’s safety, the police said.
They are the latest in a wave of arrests of alleged National Action members since the group was made a proscribed terrorist organisation in December 2016.
It is the first extreme right-wing group to be outlawed in Britain.
Founded in 2013, National Action became the first British neo-Nazi group to be banned after British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was promoting violence and acts of terrorism.
Officers were carrying out searches at several properties in connection with the arrests.
A string of counter-terrorism units were involved in the operation, including from the West Midlands, north-west, south-east and east England.