Bomb squad called to Birmingham after 5 arrested on terror charges
The West Midlands Police called in the bomb squad as a “precautionary measure” on Friday following an "intelligence-led” operation which led to the the arrest of the men in the Stoke area of Staffordshire and in Birmingham.
As a result of one of the arrests the Army Bomb Disposal Team have been called in as a precautionary measure to Lee Bank #Birmingham.— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) August 26, 2016
The place I'm staying at in Birmingham has just had a massive bomb disposable shutdown— Charlie (@CharliegatesFFC) August 26, 2016
The men, all aged between 18 and 32 years old, are being held in the West Midlands on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, according to a statement from West Midlands Police.
It’s understood police are also continuing to search a number of properties in the Stoke and Birmingham areas as part of the investigation.
An Army Bomb Disposal Team van and a robot were seen on Florence Street in Birmingham city centre on Friday afternoon while a number of nearby roads were cordoned off.
Staff at a number of local businesses were also asked to stay indoors for a brief period.
Update - Bomb disposal officers in Birmingham are advising staff and guests at a Holloway Head hotel to stay inside as precautionary measure— News This Second (@NewsThisSecond) August 26, 2016
“Fire crews have been supporting police colleagues with an ongoing operation in the Lea Bank area of Birmingham,” the West Midlands Fire service tweeted.