Nelson house raided by police
A HOUSE in Nelson was searched by around ‘two dozen’ police officers during an operation, residents said.
Neighbours in Dunderdale Avenue spoke of their shock after the searches carried out by police on the detached property in the street.
The Metropolitan Police refused to confirm whether the search was connected with arrests relating to suspected terrorism in Syria, only saying that an address in Lancashire had been searched on Thursday.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “There were lots of police here all day on Thursday going up and down the road. It’s usually a quiet place so it was quite a shock.”
Another resident said: “This is an affluent area and not something you would expect. The family that live in the house have lived there for a number of years so it is a surprise.”
A 37-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested in Essex on Wednesday on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
They were taken to a London police station for questioning and remain in custody.
The Metropolitan Police said search warrants had been executed at an East London address and a further address in Lancashire, but no arrests were made at either of those addresses.
Another resident said: “I know one of the people that live there and he is a very reputable and very genuine person.
“They were around two dozen police in cars and vans on the street.”
A neighbour of the house searched said: “It is a big house and there is always a lot of people coming and going, but they tend to keep themselves to themselves and I don’t know much about them.”
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