Four arrests in south Wales over terror fund allegations

Takeaway in Pontardawe
Image caption Two men were arrested at a takeaway in Pontardawe

The Metropolitan Police say four men have been arrested and bailed in mid and south Wales on allegations of being in possession of funds for terrorist purposes.

Raids took place in Pontardawe, Swansea and Powys involving officers from the force's Counter Terrorism Command between 2-3 February.

All four were taken to a central London police station.

They have been granted bail until late May.

Two men aged 34 and 45 were arrested at the same commercial premises in Pontardawe.

A 38-year-old man was arrested at a house in Swansea. And 37-year-old man was arrested at a house in Powys.

A force spokesman said the men were arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, adding that the alleged offence is under section 16 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Shop worker

People in Pontardawe told BBC Wales they were shocked that anti-terrorism police had been involved in raids locally.

One Pontardawe shop worker said two of the the men arrested had lived in a flat above a fast food takeaway, and a window had been smashed during the arrests.

He said police had been at the premises for most of the day but he had not seen anything taken from the flat.

Newspaper reports quoted the owner as saying the men worked in the shop and he believed they were Kurdish.

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