West Midlands anti-terror police given more time to question suspects

Birmingham police cordon
Image caption Police cordoned off an area near the Pentahotel on Holloway Head in Birmingham city centre

Police have been given more time to question five men arrested on suspicion of terror-related offences.

The men were arrested in raids in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent on 26 August.

Police said the arrests led to a series of property searches, with an army bomb disposal team sent to Birmingham's Lee Bank area as a "precautionary measure".

Magistrates in Westminster granted officers a seven-day extension for further questioning.

Officers had already been given seven more days to question the suspects on 27 August.

An 18-year-old was arrested along with a 24-year-old and 28-year-old in Birmingham, while two men aged 32 and 37 were arrested in the raids in Stoke-on-Trent.

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