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Police hold five men in Dover anti-terror operation

By Jamie Grierson

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences after armed police officers swooped on a vehicle at Dover port as it attempted to leave the UK.

Two men, aged 33 and 43, were arrested in Dover at 11.30pm on Sunday night by Scotland Yard anti-terror officers with support from Kent Police, while a 28-year-old man was arrested at the same port yesterday morning.

Under the same operation, two men, aged 24 and 40, were arrested in east London. All five are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. It is understood the operation was in connection to Syria-related terrorism.

In addition, a 37-year-old man was arrested in Dover on suspicion of people trafficking offences, the Metropolitan Police said, while a further 12 men and one woman who were stopped in the same vehicle were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

The five men were taken to a central London police station where they were in custody last night.

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