Man in his 20s is arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences after arriving in the UK on a flight from Turkey
- British man apprehended by counter terrorism police in ‘pre-planned operation’
- He was arrested around 6.10pm at Heathrow after arriving on flight from Turkey
- Met Police said man in his 20s remains in custody at south London police station
A man in his 20s has been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences.
The British man, who had arrived on a flight from Turkey, was apprehended by counter terrorism detectives in a ‘pre-planned operation’ at around 6.10pm today, said the Met Police.
He was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts – in relation to alleged offending in Syria – encouragement of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications.
The suspect remains in custody at a police station in south London.
In a statement, the force said: ‘Counter terrorism detectives have arrested a man at an airport in London in a pre-planned operation.
‘Officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command arrested the man, aged in his 20s, at Heathrow Airport at approximately 18.11hrs today, Wednesday, 3 February.’
The Met Police added: ‘The Section 5 arrest relates to suspected offending in Syria.
‘The man – a British national – had arrived on a flight from Turkey.
‘He was arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and taken into custody at a south-London police station, where he currently remains.’