Bomb squad evacuates street as five arrested on suspicion of terror plot

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested along with four others on suspicion of plotting a right-wing terror attack.

The arrests took place as a bomb squad evacuated a street in Keighley, West Yorkshire, after “potentially suspicious material” was found.

Braithwaite Drive was cordoned off by counter-terror officers on Saturday (May 1), YorkshireLive reports.

Two men, aged 29 and 30, and a 28-year-old woman were arrested in Keighley this morning.

They were held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

A 28-year-old man was also arrested in Anglesey, north Wales, on suspicion of the same offence, along with the 16-year-old boy in Swindon, Wiltshire.

All five have been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning and a number of properties are being searched.

Counter Terrorism Policing North East said the arrests form part of an ongoing investigation into right-wing terrorism.

Two addresses in Keighley are being searched, West Yorkshire Police announced.

The force said the bomb squad was called to offer advice on "potentially suspicious material" found at an address in Keighley.

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Residents were evacuated, while police said the bomb unit would “arrange the safe removal of the items if required”.

One woman, 27, said: “The police knocked on our door and told us we needed to evacuate.

"They took our contact details but did not tell us what was going on.

"We still can’t go home so we are sat out in the cold just waiting to go back.”

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Resident Jack Armitage, 18, added: “It’s been a bit of a shock.”

Great-grandmother Pam Rylance, 75, said the experience has been "stressful" as she is sat out in the cold with no idea of when she will be able to return home.

West Yorkshire Police said: “We recognise that local people may have concerns as a result of this activity.

“We would like to reassure them that these arrests are pre-planned and intelligence led and there is not believed to be any immediate risk to the local community.”

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