Two men have been arrested in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, on suspicion of a terror plot, Counter Terrorism Policing North East have said.
The men, aged 52 and 21, have been arrested on suspicion of ‘being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000’.
Loud bangs were heard by residents as officers gained entry to two addresses in the Savile Town area of Dewsbury.
However, officers reassured people that the bangs were ‘part of the method of entry’.
West Yorkshire Police Superintendent for the Kirklees Area, Marianne Huison, said: ‘I understand our local communities will have concerns about this morning’s police activity but I want to offer my reassurance that we will continue to serve and protect the public of West Yorkshire.
‘We work very closely with our colleagues in CT Policing North East and with local partners and we will ensure we maintain these strong links in order to provide a high level of service and delivery to everyone in our community.
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‘Public safety is our utmost concern.’
The arrests were planned and ‘part of a proactive, intelligence-led investigation’ and were not linked to an ongoing malicious communications investigation into the so-called ‘Punish a Muslim‘ letters, the unit said.
The men have been detained at a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.