Two teenagers arrested by Metropolitan Police on suspicion of terrorism offenses


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A 17-year-old girl has been arrested in east London on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The girl was detained on Friday as part of an investigation which also saw an 18-year-old man arrested in Essex on Wednesday.

The investigation focused on alleged offenses relating to extreme Islamist ideology, the Metropolitan Police said.

A spokesperson said: “An 18-year-old man was arrested at an address in Essex on Wednesday May 18 on suspicion of abetting terrorism (contrary to section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 ( TACT).

“He was initially held under PACE. On Thursday May 19 he was detained under TACT and a warrant to reapply for detention was granted by Westminster Magistrates’ Court, allowing detectives to keep him in custody until Wednesday May 25.

“He is being held at a London police station while inquiries continue.

“On Friday May 20, a 17-year-old girl was arrested at an address in east London in connection with the same investigation. She was arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and was taken to a London police station.

It comes after a 13-year-old boy was arrested in west London on Tuesday on suspicion of sharing Islamist terror material in a separate investigation.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: ‘We have seen three teenagers arrested this week by Met officers for terrorism offences, albeit in separate investigations. We must let this investigation take its course, but it is yet another indication of a worrying trend of increasing police action against young people for terrorism-related cases.

“Police across the country work hard to try to prevent young people from becoming radicalized and act quickly when it is suspected that offenses have been committed.

“Police rely on public information as part of our counter-terrorism mission. If you see or hear anything unusual or suspicious and think someone is engaging in terrorist activity, trust your instincts and contact the police.

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