Man arrested in Bristol on suspicion of 'Islamist-related terrorism' offences

10 December 2019, 09:18 | Updated: 10 December 2019, 10:42

Imperial Road, Redland, Bristol, where police arrested a man on suspicion of terror offences on Monday night
Imperial Road, Redland, Bristol, where police arrested a man on suspicion of terror offences on Monday night. Picture: LBC News/Adam Hurd
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A 33-year-old man from Bristol has been arrested in a pre-planned operation by counter-terror detectives on suspicion of terrorism-related offences.

Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) raided a property in the Clifton area of Bristol on Monday and arrested a man on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Officers were quick to establish the arrest was not linked to the London Bridge attack and said there was "no risk to the public."

As part of the investigation, officers are also carrying out a search at the address.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “At around 11pm, counter-terrorism detectives arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences and are currently carrying out searches at a residential property in Bristol. This was part of a pre-planned operation by CTPSE working alongside colleagues at CTPSW.

"I would like to thank the local community for their patience whilst we carry out searches and continue our investigation.”

Superintendent Andy Bennett, Avon and Somerset Police area commander for Bristol, said: “I would like to reassure the local community that the arrest made today was part of a pre-planned operation by the Counter Terrorism Policing network.

"We will have an increased policing presence in the local area and should anyone have any questions or concerns about this incident, I encourage them to speak to one of my officers.”

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