Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences
Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by Northumbria Police have this morning (Tuesday December 11) arrested a man in Newcastle on suspicion of terrorism offences.
A 33-year-old man who lives in Newcastle was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of Acts of Terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He has been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.
The arrest was intelligence led and pre-planned as part of an ongoing investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.
Residents will be kept as informed as possible and we are grateful for their understanding, patience and support while these enquiries continue.
A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “Police are dealing with a counter terrorism incident in the Arthur’s Hill area of Newcastle’s West End. A man has been arrested and taken to West Yorkshire for questioning.
“As a precaution a large cordon has been put around a property and neighbouring properties including a primary school while officers search a house.
“Police are at Moorside school and the headteacher is writing to parents to reassure them.
“About 50 residents have been evacuated from their homes and the council has set up an evacuation assembly point in the Beacon Centre on the West Road.”
Chief Supt Neil Hutchison, local policing commander for Newcastle, said “I understand our communities will have concerns about this morning’s police activity but I want to offer my reassurance that we are here to serve and protect the public of Northumbria.
“We work very closely with our colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing North East and we will ensure we maintain these strong links in order to provide a high level of service to you. Public safety is our utmost concern.
“Our officers are patrolling the local area and would ask members of the public to contact them if they have any concerns.
“If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321 .
“In an emergency, always dial 999. Visit gov.uk/ACT for more information.”