Breaking News: Counter terrorism police in Crawley

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Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) working alongside colleagues from the Sussex Police have arrested a man in Crawley.

The 40 year old man was arrested today (January 7) under Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and one residential address is being searched.

Officers would like to reassure residents that the police activity today is part of a normal investigation in relation to conflicts overseas and is not linked to any immediate threat to local communities or anywhere else in the UK.

A spokesman said: “We are committed to intervening in activities such as this which cause concern to local communities and we will continue to work with our partners and local communities in order to protect them from individuals and organisations which may seek to exploit them for extremist purposes.”

Chief Inspector Justina Beeken, Crawley District commander, said: “Anyone from the local community who has any concerns or has any information about anyone engaging in the radicalisation of others or the spread of extremism, is urged to contact police on the 101 number or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321; all calls will be treated with the strictest confidence.”

Updates to follow.