POLICE have arrested six people on suspicion of overseas terror acts.
Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU), working with Hampshire Constabulary and Metropolitan Police Service, carried out a number of warrants across Hampshire and London this morning.
(Video shows Thames Valley Police activity at an address in Hudson Road, Southsea, linked to an anti-terrorism investigation)
Three men and three women were arrested at one address in Portsmouth, one address in Farnborough and one in Greenwich.
Two of the men, aged 26 and 23 from Portsmouth, were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
A 57-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested under Section 38(b) of the same act, on suspicion of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism, Section 5 1(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006, engaged in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000, arranging availability of money and property for use in terrorism.
A 48-year-old woman from Portsmouth was arrested under Section 38(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.
A 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich were also arrested under Section 41 of the same act on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
In a statement SECTU said: ‘Officers would like to reassure residents that the police activity today is in relation to conflicts overseas and is not linked to any immediate threat to local communities or anywhere else in the UK.
‘If anyone from the local community has any concerns or information contact police on the 101 number or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321; all calls will be treated with the strictest confidence.’