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Seven arrested on suspicon of terror offences after arms found in car
This is bizarre. Either this is a red herring designed to tie up police time, or the terrorists really are as thick as those lampooned in Four Lions, or I am missing something, possibly a career as a master criminal myself.
From The Telegraph and the BBC
West Midlands Police said one man from West Yorkshire and six from the West Midlands are being questioned on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism following a series of arrests this week.
A spokesman said: "The arrests followed a routine stop of a vehicle by police on the M1 motorway in South Yorkshire on Saturday, June 30. The car was impounded on suspicion of having no insurance. Firearms, offensive weapons and other material were later found hidden inside, prompting police to take action to trace and arrest the driver, passenger and others suspected of being involved."
Police said three men aged 23, 26 and 27 from Sparkhill, Birmingham, were arrested on Tuesday morning. Three more suspects, a 22-year-old from Alum Rock, Birmingham, a 24-year-old from the Moseley area of the city, and a 22-year-old from Smethwick, West Midlands, were arrested on Wednesday evening. A 43-year old man from Kirklees, West Yorkshire, was detained yesterday.
The BBC understands the arrests are not linked to the Olympics or the arrests of six terror suspects in London on Thursday. Det Ch Supt Kenny Bell, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "As soon as the items were discovered in the impounded vehicle, our priority was to protect the public by pursuing and arresting those we believed to be involved."
The items recovered from the vehicle are undergoing forensic analysis and searches are being carried out at the addresses of those in custody. Detectives were given extra time to question the three men arrested on Tuesday after the initial 48-hour detention period expired. They now have until next Tuesday morning to charge or release the men, or apply for further time.
If I were transporting weapons and contraband in my car I would make damn sure the car was taxed, insured, MOTed, 100% legal and that I drove in such a way as to minimise attracting police attention as far as possible. If my car was impounded with the what with inside pertinent to a plot I would 1) alert my co-conspirators that the plot was compromised 3) take whatever evasive action seemed necessary 3) vanish.