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Two held in counter-terror raids

A 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK.

West Midlands Police said counter terrorism officers detained the man in Reading, while the woman was arrested in Wokingham, at 7.30pm.

The force added that the pair did not pose an imminent threat.

The home addresses of the pair, who are believed to be friends, are being searched.

Officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit made the arrests, assisted by colleagues from the South East.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "The arrests were intelligence-led and made to safeguard public safety.

"However, the action taken was pre-planned and police assess that the pair did not pose any imminent threat.

"The man is from the Palmer Park area of Reading and the woman from Earley in Wokingham."

Both have been taken to a police station in the West Midlands for questioning.

Officers have an initial 48 hours to either charge, release or apply for an extension to custody.

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