Cornwall terror arrest: Hayle man held under Terrorism Act

Balti King restaurant, Hayle
Image caption The man was arrested at the Balti King restaurant in Hayle

A man has been arrested in Cornwall on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism.

The 26-year-old was arrested in Hayle on Monday night under section five of the Terrorism Act, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (Sectu) - which is led by Thames Valley Police - were also involved in the pre-planned arrest.

Sectu confirmed the arrest was related to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The man, a Bangladeshi national who was arrested at the Balti King restaurant in Fore Street, is being questioned at a station in the Devon and Cornwall force area.

'No immediate threat'

Supt Jim Pearce, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "I would like to reassure the community that this investigation should have very little impact on local residents."

The arrest "was not made in response to any immediate threat to public safety in Hayle", he added.

"Our officers will continue to maintain a presence in the area, offering reassurance to the local community," Supt Pearce said.

Searches have been ongoing at the scene throughout the day.

British counter-terrorism police have made a number of arrests linked to the conflict in Syria in recent weeks, including in Bedfordshire, Hampshire and London.

Sectu would not confirm whether the arrest in Hayle was linked to any other cases.

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