Teens held by anti-terror police

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Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Two sixteen-year-olds have been arrested by anti-terror police.

Greater Manchester Police said the pair – a girl and a boy – were detained by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NWCTU) on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

The force said: ” Following intelligence received, officers from the NWCTU are also currently searching two addresses in the Mossley area of Tameside.”

The addresses being searched are in Hanover Street and Spring Mill Drive, Mossley, which is east of Manchester city centre.

A spokesman said the searches “are expected to last some time”.

The suspects were detained yesterday.

Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball said: “I know news of an arrest made under terrorism legislation in this community will cause a certain amount of anxiety and people will understandably have questions.

“What I want to stress very clearly is that this investigation is in no way linked to any sort of international terrorist plot nor have we recovered any evidence to suggest the community of Mossley is at risk.

“This investigation has arisen as a result of information from law enforcement agencies so it is prudent we act on that information and carry out a thorough, professional investigation to determine the circumstances and details of the activity reported.

“Members of our community will see a lot of police activity at these addresses over the coming days but rather than cause anxiety I want people to be reassured that we have taken this precautionary action to ensure the safety of our residents.”

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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