Counter Terrorism Unit Investigation

In November the Oundle Pharmacy was searched by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in connection with a terrorism investigation and arrest.

A statement from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit said: ‘A 36-year-old man from Leicester was arrested at Birmingham airport on November 2, 2015, on suspicion of Section 5 of the Terrorism Act – Preparation of an act of terrorism by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.’

Section 5 of the Terrorism act states that ‘a person commits an offence if, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, he engages in any conduct in preparation for giving effect to his intention.’

As well as the Oundle Pharmacy, two properties in Leicester were also searched.

The statement confirmed: ‘The arrest was intelligence led and was not in response to any immediate threat or risk.’
Located in West Yorkshire, the North East Counter Terrorism Unit ‘was set up in April 2007 and is one of five Counter Terrorism Units, established in order to strengthen the UK’s response to the threat from terrorism and domestic extremism.

‘The current threat to the UK from international terrorism has been assessed as severe since August 29, 2014.’

A recent investigation by the same terrorism unit led to a man at Newcastle Crown Court being sentenced to five years imprisonment, having been found guilty of ten offences related to terrorism.

If you see any suspicious behaviour, report it and contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or via the online reporting form.

Angus Wight