Police arrest four people on suspicion of terror offences in Yorkshire

Two men held under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act, with a man and woman arrested over suspected Terrorist fundraising

The arrests in Yorkshire were made by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit
The arrests in Yorkshire were made by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit

Four people have been arrested in a Syria-related counter-terrorism investigation.

Two men from Sheffield, aged 40 and 36, were held this morning on suspicion of an offence under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act, which covers preparation to commit an act of terrorism.

In addition, a 55-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man from Batley, West Yorkshire, were arrested over suspected terrorist fundraising.

Separately, Scotland Yard said a 23-year-old man was arrested in east London today on suspicion of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism".

The arrests in Yorkshire were made by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, which said in a statement: "Two men from Sheffield aged 40 and 36 have been arrested on suspicion of an offence under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act - preparation to commit an act of terrorism.

"A 55-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man from Batley have been arrested on suspicion of an offence under Section 15 of the Terrorism Act - terrorist fundraising.

The unit added: "The investigation is Syria-related."

The four suspects have been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning, while five properties in Sheffield, Batley and Dewsbury are being searched.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain said: "We understand that people may be concerned following today's arrests, however we would like to reassure communities that today's activity is as a result of an ongoing investigation which is intelligence led.

"There is no evidence to suggest that communities are at risk."

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