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Terror suspects still held

PUBLISHED: 11:40 07 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:46 02 March 2010

TWO IPSWICH men are still being held under the Terrorism Act today.

The 38 and 39-year-old were arrested by Suffolk police on Friday as part of an investigation into false documents.

TWO IPSWICH men are still being held under the Terrorism Act today.

The 38 and 39-year-old were arrested by Suffolk police on Friday as part of an investigation into false documents.

They were later arrested by Metropolitan Police and taken to a police station in central London.

On Sunday Bow Street Magistrates granted a warrant for their further detention.

That warrant expires this evening and terrorism officers must decide today whether to apply for a further warrant.

Under anti-terrorism laws it is possible to apply for custodial extensions for questioning for up to 14 days without charge.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police indicated that in the majority of cases police would push for these extensions.

Currently police have released no further details about the men's identities or their national origins.

There is also no indication which false documents the men were thought to hold.

Police have confirmed that two houses and a vehicle have been searched in the Ipswich area.

Meanwhile a 17-year-old arrested during a series of unconnected anti-terror raids was appearing in court today.

The teenager, who was held after swoops across south-east England last Tuesday, was yesterday charged with conspiracy to cause explosions with intent to injure or damage property.

He was appearing at Bow Street Magistrates Court, which will be sitting as a youth court.

Extensions of the custody period were granted on Monday for a further eight men arrested in last week's raids under the Terrorism Act.

Police arrested eight people and searched several properties in London and the South East last Tuesday, in connection with a suspected terror attack.

More than 700 police officers were involved in the operation, which came as half a ton of ammonium nitrate fertiliser was seized from a west London self-storage unit.

A ninth man, believed to be a 27-year-old teacher of Pakistani descent, was arrested in Maiden Lane, Crawley, West Sussex, on Thursday evening.


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