Man Arrested on Suspicion of Terror Offence After Heathrow Uranium Seizure – Scotland Yard announced the arrest of a man in his 60s on suspicion of a terror offense. The individual was apprehended after traces of uranium were detected at Heathrow airport during the end of December. The man was arrested after counter-terrorism officers searched an address in Cheshire on Saturday, on suspicion of an offence under section 9 of the Terrorism Act 2006, which covers the making and possession of radioactive devices.
He has been released on bail until April, the Metropolitan police said. Border Force officers found the radioactive material with a shipment of scrap metal on 29 December. Specialist scanners detected the uranium, which had reportedly arrived on a flight from Oman, as it was ferried to a freight shed, which then triggered alarms.
Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The discovery of what was a very small amount of uranium within a package at Heathrow airport is clearly of concern, but it shows the effectiveness of the procedures and checks in place with our partners to detect this type of material.” “Our priority since launching our investigation has been to ensure that there is no linked direct threat to the public.”
“To this end, we are following every possible line of inquiry available to us, which has led us to making this arrest over the weekend.” “I want to be clear that despite making this arrest, and based on what we currently know, this incident still does not appear to be linked to any direct threat to the public.” “However, detectives are continuing with their inquiries to ensure this is definitely the case.” A Home Office spokesperson said: “We do not comment on live investigations.”
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