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Man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in Bristol

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Detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE), working alongside Counter Terrorism Policing South West (CTPSW), yesterday (9/12) arrested a man in Bristol on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The 33-year-old was arrested following a pre-planned operation at a residential address in the Clifton area of Bristol on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41b of the Terrorism ACT (2000).

He currently remains in police custody.

As part of the investigation, officers are also carrying out a search at the address.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “At around 11pm, counter terrorism detectives arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences and are currently carrying out searches at a residential property in Bristol. This was part of a pre-planned operation by CTPSE working alongside colleagues at CTPSW.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience whilst we carry out searches and continue our investigation.”

Superintendent Andy Bennett, Avon and Somerset Police area commander for Bristol, said: “I would like to reassure the local community that the arrest made today was part of a pre-planned operation by the Counter Terrorism Policing network.

“We will have an increased policing presence in the local area and should anyone have any questions or concerns about this incident, I encourage them to speak to one of my officers.”

The arrest was intelligence-led, linked to Islamist-related terrorism, and there was no risk to the public. It is not linked to the London Bridge terror attack and enquiries into this matter were underway prior to the incident on 29 November.

Enquiries continue.

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