Police have announced that two 14-year-old boys have been arrested in the Yorkshire town of North Allerton under suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack.
According to a report in the Daily Mail:
Two 14-year-old boys have been arrested by counter-terror police on suspicion of plotting an attack.
Officers swooped on the market town of Northallerton, North Yorkshire on Saturday and took the two schoolboys into custody.
The teenagers are being held on ‘suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism’ under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, police have confirmed.
Police have since been searching properties in the Romanby area of the town.
Witnesses reported seeing a large number of police vehicles near a derelict former tyre garage for most Saturday and yesterday.
A local resident said: ‘The officers would only say that it’s an ongoing investigation, but if it’s connected to an investigation into terrorism then I’m shocked, really shocked.
‘A few months back there was a problem with kids getting in there to use it as a skatepark, but the owners put some better security in and it’s been fine since. I’ve never seen anything suspicious at all.’
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said they were supporting the North-East Counter Terrorism Unit with investigations and searches.
Residents in the Yorkshire town said they were astonished by the sudden police activity
The spokesman said: ‘Officers believe that this is an isolated incident and the wider community are not at risk.
‘We appreciate the cooperation of local residents whilst the investigation continues.’
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman added: ‘We understand that people may have concerns as a result of this activity and we are grateful for the patience and understanding of the public while these enquiries are carried out.’