BREAKING NEWS: Army bomb disposal team called in as five men are arrested on terror charges in the West Midlands
- Five men arrested by counter terrorism police in the West Midlands
- An army bomb disposal team was called in to an address in Birmingham
- Three men were arrested in Birmingham and two were detained in Stoke
By Abe Hawken For Mailonline|
The army bomb squad was today called in to an address in Birmingham city centre as counter terrorism police made five arrests in the West Midlands.
Two of the men, aged 32 and 37, were arrested in the Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, while another two men, aged 18 and 24, were detained in their Birmingham homes.
Police said another 28-year-old man was arrested at another location in Birmingham.
The five men are all being held by counter terrorism detectives in the West Midlands on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
Police confirmed the Army Bomb Disposal Team were called in as a ‘precautionary measure’ to the Lee Bank area, near Birmingham city centre, as a result of one of the arrests.
Officers are also searching a number of properties in the Stoke and Birmingham areas as part of the investigation.
Tonight, an Army Bomb Disposal Team van and a robot could be seen on Florence Street in Birmingham city centre.
Nearby busy roads Bath Row and Holloway Head had also been cordoned off by police vans.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: ‘The arrests were intelligence-led and part of an on-going investigation.’
West Midlands Fire Service also tweeted: ‘Fire crews have been supporting police colleagues with an ongoing operation in the Lee Bank area of Birmingham.’