‘Far-Right terrorist’ arrested at Stansted Airport as he tries to flee the UK

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 (Essex Police)
(Essex Police)

A suspected far-right terrorist has been arrested after trying to leave the country at Stansted Airport.

The unidentified man, 26, was taken to a south London police station on suspicion of preparation of acts of terrorism, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Police are searching a property in Hastings, Kent but say there is no imminent risk to the public.

The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command Commander Richard Smith said: “This arrest was made at Stansted Airport and is linked to suspected extreme right wing terrorism – there is not believed to be any imminent risk to the public.

“Officers carry out proactive investigations and arrests day and night to keep people safe and our Counter Terrorism Police are among the best in the world.

“We continue to urge the public to be our extra eyes and ears, and remember that your action could stop a terrorist act or even save lives.

“Has someone you know started acting in ways that you know are out of character? Do you suspect they have developed an extremist mindset? We have specially trained officers who can help. Please get in touch and report your concerns to police without delay.”

Every year thousands of reports from the public help the police keep communities safe from terrorism. If you see or hear anything suspicious or of concern, then it can be reported to police, in confidence, via 0800 789 321 or online at www.gov.uk/ACT.

In an emergency, or if you need urgent police assistance, always dial 999.

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