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Man in his 20s is arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences

Man in his 20s is arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences after arriving in the UK on a flight from Turkey

  • British man apprehended by counter terrorism police in ‘pre-planned operation’
  • He was arrested around 6.10pm at Heathrow after arriving on flight from Turkey
  • Met Police said man in his 20s remains in custody at south London police station

A man in his 20s has been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The British man, who had arrived on a flight from Turkey, was apprehended by counter terrorism detectives in a ‘pre-planned operation’ at around 6.10pm today, said the Met Police.

He was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts – in relation to alleged offending in Syria – encouragement of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications.

The suspect remains in custody at a police station in south London

The British man, who had arrived on a flight from Turkey, was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport, pictured above, in a ‘pre-planned operation’ at around 6.10pm today (file photo)

In a statement, the force said: ‘Counter terrorism detectives have arrested a man at an airport in London in a pre-planned operation.

‘Officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command arrested the man, aged in his 20s, at Heathrow Airport at approximately 18.11hrs today, Wednesday, 3 February.’ 

The Met Police added: ‘The Section 5 arrest relates to suspected offending in Syria.

‘The man – a British national – had arrived on a flight from Turkey.

‘He was arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and taken into custody at a south-London police station, where he currently remains.’

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