Counter-terrorism police arrest man in Cambridge in relation to homemade bomb
Armed police were deployed in Cambridge during an arrest of a suspect relating to the posting of a home-made bomb to a London address.
The arrest of the Cambridge man, believed to be in his 20s, took place in Coldham’s Lane shortly after 9am this morning.
He was arrested on suspicion of attempting to cause an explosion, or making or keeping explosives with intent to endanger life or property.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command carried out the arrest, and the suspect was taken to a South London police station.
Police are searching two addresses in Cambridge relating to the incident, which involved a suspicious package sent by post to a north London address: the second Cambridge address has not yet been made public.
The Metropolitan Police said: “Detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command have today, Saturday 12 September, arrested a man in his 20s at an address in Cambridge, on suspicion of attempting to cause an explosion, or making or keeping explosives with intent to endanger life or property, contrary to Section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
“An arrest was carried out at 0913hrs with the assistance of Cambridgeshire Constabulary Armed Response Unit as a precautionary measure. The arrest relates to a suspicious package received via post at a residential address in north London. Police were called shortly after 9:10hrs on Thursday, 10 September, to reports of a suspicious package in Cricklewood. Specialist officers attended and made safe what was assessed to be a small improvised explosive device.
“Police subsequently left the area. There is no risk to the local community.”