WEST SUSSEX

Man on suspicion of terrorism offences in West Sussex.

sussex police

Detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) have today (24/2) arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences in West Sussex.

Following a pre-planned operation at around 5am at a residential address in Worthing, the 20-year-old was arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act (2000) on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation, or instigation of an act of terrorism.

He currently remains in police custody.

As part of the investigation, officers are also carrying out a search at the address.

The arrest was intelligence-led and linked to Islamist-related terrorism.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “This arrest forms part of a pre-planned operation by CTPSE, working alongside colleagues at Sussex Police.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience while we carry out searches and continue our investigation.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, District Commander for Adur, Worthing and Horsham, said: “”Sussex Police are working closely with the Counter-Terrorism investigators to support their operation which is intelligence-led and not in response to any specific threat to our local area.””

Enquiries continue.