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Three bailed on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts

Three males arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) have now been bailed.

The three – two 17-year-old boys and one 19-year-old man, all from north-west London – had been arrested on Saturday, 14 March on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

They have been bailed to return to a central London police station pending further enquiries (date TBC).

On Friday, 13 March officers from the CTC were made aware that the two 17-year-old boys had gone missing and were believed to be travelling to Syria. Enquiries revealed that they had travelled with the 19-year-old.

Officers alerted the Turkish authorities who were able to intercept all three males, preventing travel to Syria. The three were then returned to the UK on Saturday, 14 March and were arrested.

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