Controlled explosion after police disrupt Christmas 'terror plot'

Officers investigating a suspected Christmas terror plot in Derby have carried out a controlled explosion.

An army bomb disposal unit attended and disposed of material found at the property at a nearby safe location. A cordon remains in place.

Four men from Sheffield and Chesterfield were arrested after police raided the property, and they were granted more time to question them on Wednesday.

Detectives have until 4pm on Christmas Day to either charge, release or apply for a further extension to custody.

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Superintendent Michelle Shooter said: "I would like to thank the local residents and businesses for their continued patience and understanding whilst the detailed search of the premises continues.

"Public safety is our priority and we understand events like this can be concerning. Our message remains for local people to remain alert but not alarmed."

The arrests on Tuesday come after a mosque and community centre in Burngreave, Sheffield, was sealed off, with residents reportedly being woken up at 6am by loud bangs and armed officers wearing camouflage.

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Detectives feared a gang had already assembled an explosive device.

Three of the suspects, aged 22, 36 and 41, were arrested in Sheffield, while a 31-year-old man was held in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Residents should expect a higher level of police presence around Christmas.

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