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Police get extra time to quiz men held in 'counter-terror' raids

Published 27/08/2016

Police outside the pentahotel in Birmingham after a bomb disposal team was called in
Police outside the pentahotel in Birmingham after a bomb disposal team was called in

Police who arrested five men over alleged terror offences have been granted extra time to question the suspects.

West Midlands Police said magistrates have given them an extension, meaning detectives can hold the five until September 2 without charge.

A police cordon was put up in Birmingham city centre for several hours on Friday as army bomb disposal units were called in as a precaution.

Three of the men were arrested in the city and held on suspicion of commissioning, preparing or instigating acts of terrorism, West Midlands Police said.

Two, aged 18 and 24, were detained by counter-terrorism detectives at their homes while another man, 28, was arrested in a different area of Birmingham. Another two men, aged 32 and 37, were held in Stoke-on-Trent.

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

A spokesman said on Friday: "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."

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