West Midlands Terror Arrests

29 May 2015, 13:50 | Updated: 29 May 2015, 13:55

West Midlands Police are continuing to question a man and woman in their 20s, at a police station in the region, on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism.

Searches on their homes are ongoing.

A number of items have been removed for forensic examination.

A man, aged 24 from Reading, and a woman, aged 23 from Wokingham, have been arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK.

The pair, believed to be friends, were detained at approximately 7.30 last night (Thursday 28 May) by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), assisted by officers from the South East CTU.

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Their home addresses are being searched.

The arrests were intelligence led and made to safeguard public safety. However, the action taken was pre-planned and police assess that the pair did not pose any imminent threat.

The man is from the Palmer Park area of Reading and the woman from Earley in Wokingham. They are being taken to a police station in the West Midlands area for questioning.

Both were arrested under terrorism legislation, meaning officers have an initial 48 hours to charge, release or apply for a warrant of further detention