Man Suspected of Wanting to Join ISIS in Syria Arrested by Birmingham Police

Man Suspected of Wanting to Join ISIS in Syria Arrested by Birmingham Police
Tue May 17, 2016 16:29:30

Counter-terrorism police have made three arrests linked to Syria in a series of raids.Officers in Birmingham held a 21-year-old man at a property in the Handsworth area today on suspicion of preparing to travel to the war-torn nation to join ISIS.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: 'Officers are this morning continuing to carry out searches at the address.

'The arrest was pre-planned and intelligence-led. There was no immediate threat to public safety.'

In a separate operation, officers from Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command arrested two men in south London at around 5.30am for allegedly raising funds for terrorism in Syria.

The suspects, both aged 24, were taken to police stations in south London while their homes were searched.

Police also held a third man, aged 25, on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply in a raid on another address.

Officers searched the raided properties as well as another two residential addresses in the same area.

The number of terrorism-related arrests reached a record high last year when police detained 299 suspects, 100 of whom were charged.

The number has fallen slightly over the past year, although the number of under-18s and women suspected of terror crimes rose.

The rise in people being arrested and convicted has led Justice Secretary Michael Gove to look at plans to open a so-called terrorist prison' which would hold only terror offenders, Daily Mail reported.


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