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Met Police Counter Terrorism Comand leading on investigation in Suffolk

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The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is now leading an investigation into suspicious items found at an address in Suffolk.

A man previously arrested by Suffolk Constabulary on suspicion of a firearms offence has been further arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence.

On Sunday, 28 July, officers from Suffolk Constabulary carried out a pre-planned operation at a property on Normanhurst Close in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Officers searched the address and recovered two military grenades and a firearm.

Officers arrested a 59-year-old man from Suffolk on suspicion of possession of a firearm at approximately 12.10hrs on 28 July.

The grenades were assessed and found to be inert. It is believed that the firearm is an imitation firearm.
Met Counter Terrorism officers were called to assist as a quantity of chemicals were also recovered. Subsequently the man was further arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. He has been detained under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act, 2000 and is currently in custody.

As a precautionary measure, police cordoned off the area surrounding the address and evacuated three neighbouring properties.

A 100-metre cordon was lifted yesterday evening while a much smaller cordon remains on the property and the neighbouring properties remain evacuated.

Detective Chief Superintendent Alexis Boon, of the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: “After a pre-planned operation by Suffolk Constabulary in which officers arrested a man, the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is now leading this investigation, working closely with police in Suffolk.

“Suffolk Constabulary acted quickly to make the area safe, including erecting a cordon around the address as a precautionary measure while enquiries are ongoing, however we have found nothing to suggest an ongoing threat to the public.

“I would like to thank the community for its understanding and patience while officers continue this work.

“Local officers from Suffolk Constabulary Safer Neighbourhood Teams will remain at the scene over the coming days to continue to provide reassurance.”

Enquiries are ongoing.

Previous release I 28 July2019 11.40pm

Police investigating the discovery of chemicals in a property this afternoon (Sunday 28 July) have reduced the initial cordon put in place.

Officers had reason to conduct a pre-planned arrest at a property on Normanhurst Close in the town just before 1pm today. On arrival at the premises police conducted a search of the property and recovered a quantity of unidentified chemicals and two military grenades inside the premises.

Consequently, an evacuation of at least 60 properties, with a 100 metre cordon imposed, took place to ensure the public’s safety, pending an examination of the items by Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers and assisted at the scene by Suffolk Fire and Rescue teams.

Following initial enquiries, the outer cordon has now been lifted with the vast majority of local residents now able to return to their properties. A cordon remains on the property where the items were discovered, as well as three other neighbouring properties. The Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers have left the scene

A male in his 50s has been arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of a firearm and remains in police custody at this time.

Steps were taken in the interests of public safety to establish the cordon and officers thank local residents for their patience and understanding during the course of the afternoon and evening. Police enquiries into this matter continue.

Previous release I 28 July 2019 6.34pm

Police have conducted an evacuation of some properties in part of Lowestoft following the discovery of chemicals in a property this afternoon (28 July).

Officers had reason to conduct a pre-planned warrant on a property on Normanhurst Close in the town just before 1pm today. On arrival at the premises police conducted a search of the property and recovered a quantity of unidentified chemicals and two military grenades inside the premises.

Consequently, an evacuation of at least 60 properties, with a 100 metre cordon imposed, has taken place to ensure the public’s safety, pending an examination of the items by Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers. They are being assisted at the scene by Suffolk Fire and Rescue teams. Normanhurst Close currently remains closed to motorists and pedestrians.

A male in his 50s has been arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

Officers thank local residents for their patience and understanding while enquiries are conducted into the circumstances surrounding the incident.