Investigation & Surveillance

Six arrested in London suspected of terrorism offences.

Five men and a woman were have been arrested in London over a suspected terror plot.

The group of six comprises of five men and a woman who are aged between 18 and 30.

They were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Three of the group live just over a mile from the Olympic site.

During their arrest one was tasered by Police before being detained in Abbey Road, Stratford, East London.

A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard said: “One of the men arrested by the Counter Terror Command today served as police community support officer for the MPS from May 2007 to September 2009 when he resigned.

The alleged plan involved Islamist extremists with potential targets to the UK.

The Police have confirmed the arrests are not linked to the Olympics or Paralympics Games.

It is understood that the police were involved in a long running operation and had decided to swoop on Thursday on the grounds of public safety.

An eyewitness to the raid said an explosion at first light had woken him up.

The arrests come just after Jonathan Evans, the Director General of the Security Service, warned last month that Britain had experienced a “credible terrorist attack plot about once a year since 9/11”.

The threat to the UK from international terrorism is currently rated the third highest of five levels.