UK Terror Police Arrest Four Men Aged Between 17 and 32 In East London Leicestershire
Armed police have stormed an east London property with a chainsaw – as four men were arrested for plotting a terror attack.
Dramatic video shows a squad of gun-toting officers bursting into a house on Ilfracombe Gardens in Goodmayes, Redbridge, shortly before a man is dragged out and handcuffed.
The man is led away by two officers wearing armoured vests, while another is seen watching the house through the scope of what appears to be a mounted sniper.
Separate video from a neighbouring property near Green Lane by Goodmayes Park also shows armed police descending on a block of flats.
Scotland Yard said the heavy police operation in Goodmayes related to an ongoing anti-terror investigation which today saw four people arrested in both the capital and Leicestershire.
Witnesses described hearing gunshots, but the Metropolitan Police said no shots were fired during today’s raids.
Constables arrested a 27-year-old at an address in east London, a 31-year-old and a 17-year-old at a nearby property, and a 32-year-old in Leicestershire, Scotland Yard said in a statement.
The 27-year-old was bitten on the foot by a police dog and has been taken to hospital with minor injuries
Armed officers were involved in the two raids in the capital but the Metropolitan Police said no shots were fired.
Police are currently combing through the three addresses, and a search is also underway at a fourth address in East London as part of the investigation.
The Met said: ‘All four men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act.’
They are being held in police custody while detectives continue their ‘proactive investigation’.
One said he did not know the people living there very well ‘as they don’t speak very good English’.
He added: ‘Quite a lot of people come in and out (of the house). They are a bit of a loud family, really. We don’t speak to them that much compared to our other neighbours.
‘There are a lot of people coming and going, to know who actually lives in the house is a bit of a mystery.’
The neighbour, who asked not to be named, said he was doing shopping for his grandmother, who was at home and had been left ‘a bit shaken’ by the incident.
The showed armed police descending on a block of flats, also near Goodmayes Park.
Eoin Moylan, 22, said: ‘I heard glass breaking and a woman screaming then a loud bang. I thought fireworks had gone wrong. I saw police in uniform.’
‘The noises could have been flash bangs because there was smoke as well,’ he told the Barking and Dagenham Post.
An ambulance swooped on the home near Green Lane at 1.28pm and one person was taken to hospital.
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