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24 April 2012
Bedfordshire Police have this morning been
assisting an operation led by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
which has resulted in the arrest of five people in Luton.
The arrests have been made under the Terrorism
Act, by unarmed officers, and those detained have been taken to a
police station in London. This morning’s arrests, at five different
houses in the Bury Park area, are part of a pre-planned,
intelligence led operation by the Metropolitan Police Counter
At the moment, officers from the Metropolitan
Police are carrying out thorough searches of the addresses of the
people who have been arrested and this is expected to take a
minimum of 24 hours.
No roads have been closed and there is no
danger to other nearby residents.
Families of those people who have been
arrested have been given the option of finding alternative places
to stay, if they prefer, but there is no requirement for them to
leave their homes should they wish to remain while searches are
Police are assisting all families with their
options. In the planning of these search warrants, full
consideration has been given to treating those arrested, and
especially their families, with appropriate respect for cultural
and religious identity as far as is possible.
Bedfordshire Police officers from the Local
Policing Team are in the area and will be for the duration of the
If you have any concerns or would like to give
information to the police about this or any other operation, please
contact us on the non-emergency number 101; or call the independent
charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your
name but could still receive a cash reward.
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