Kent Police have arrested an 18-year-old following the Parsons Green terror bombing in London yesterday.
The man was arrested in the port area of Dover, a popular destination for Islamist fighters, people-traffickers and illegal migrants travelling to and from Calais, France.
The suspect was arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act and is currently detained at a local police station but will be transferred to a south London police station in due course, according to a Metropolitan Police statement.
He remains in custody at a local police station, but will be transferred to a south London police station in due course.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing, said: “We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning. Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.
“The public should remain vigilant as our staff, officers and partners continue to work through this complex investigation. We are not, at this time, changing our protective security measures and the steps taken to free up extra armed officers remain in place.
“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers. For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.”
The Met’s statement notes that twenty-nine people are known to have been injured in the bombing, which saw a column of flame rip through a tube train at the Parsons Green Underground Station after an improvised explosive device partially detonated.
Police are calling on anyone with footage or images from the attack to upload them to www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.
Anyone with further information is urged to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
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