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Hotel guests told to stay indoors as bomb team called in after terror arrests

Published 26/08/2016

Police arrested five men suspected of terrorism offences
Police arrested five men suspected of terrorism offences

A police cordon put up in Birmingham city centre has reportedly been relaxed after an army bomb squad was brought in following terror arrests.

The cordon was put in place following the arrest of three men in the city on Friday. They were held on suspicion of commissioning, preparing or instigating acts of terrorism, West Midlands Police said.

Staff and guests at a nearby hotel, the pentahotel in Holloway Head, had earlier been told to shelter indoors as a precaution.

A hotel worker from the hotel - who wanted to be identified only as Ash - told the Press Association he saw bomb squad experts in the street, and was warned by police that people should stay indoors for their own safety.

Two men aged 18 and 24 were arrested by counter-terrorism detectives at their homes in Birmingham while another man aged 28 was detained in a different area of the city.

Another two men, aged 32 and 37, were also held in Stoke-on-Trent over terrorism offences.

The force said that after one of the arrests, an army bomb disposal team was called in to the Lee Bank area of Birmingham as a precaution.

A spokesman said: "Police are searching a number of properties in the Stoke and Birmingham areas as part of the investigation; these searches are ongoing.

"The arrests were intelligence-led and part of an ongoing investigation."

All five men are being held in the West Midlands area.

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