September 17, 2010. (ONLY VIDEO) At approximately 5.45 this morning five men were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Services Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism.
The men – A: 26, B: 27, C: 36, D:40, E: 50 – were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 at a business premises in central London. They've been taken to a central London police station where they will be interviewed by detectives.
Searches are being carried out under the Terrorism Act 2000 at a business premises in central London and residential premises in north London and east London.
Initial searches have not uncovered any hazardous items. Today's arrests were made after the police received information. Following initial inquiries a decision was made to arrest the men.
Following today's arrests policing arrangements for the papal visit were reviewed. We are satisfied that the current policing plan remains appropriate and the papal itinerary has not changed. There is not change to the UK threat level.