'Neo-Nazi' arrests: Two men released after soldiers held in National Action probe

Three suspects, including a 24-year-old arrested in Cyprus who is understood to be a member of the Royal Anglian Regiment, remain in custody

Henry Vaughan
Sunday 10 September 2017 12:09
National Action last year became the first far-right group to be outlawed
National Action last year became the first far-right group to be outlawed

Two men arrested as part of an investigation into banned neo-Nazi group National Action have been released without charge, police said.

Five men, including four serving soldiers, were held on suspicion of terror offences last week.

Three suspects, including a 24-year-old arrested in Cyprus who is understood to be a member of the Royal Anglian Regiment, remain in custody.

Detectives have granted extra time to interview him along with a 22-year-old man from Birmingham, and a 32-year-old man arrested in Powys.

West Midlands Police said a man from Northampton and another from Ipswich, both aged 24, were released without charge on Saturday, following enquiries.

All five men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

They were also arrested on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation – National Action – under Section 11 of the Terrorism Act.

Police said the arrests were “pre-planned and intelligence-led”, adding “there was no threat to the public's safety”.

National Action, described by the Home Office as “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic”, became the first extreme right-wing group to be banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.

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