16 year old boy from east London arrested for terrorism after trying to flee the country.


A 16-year-old boy is in custody after being arrested for terrorism offences.

Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have arrested a teenager on Monday, 27 June, following a Schedule 7 stop at Stansted Airport.

He was due to board an outbound flight.

He was arrested on suspicion of collecting information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism (contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000), and disseminating terrorist publications (contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006).

He has been detained under PACE, and is in custody at a London police station while enquiries continue.

As part of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at an address in east London. This search has been completed.

The alleged offences are linked to extreme Islamist ideology.

+ Communities defeat terrorism, and information from the public is vital to counter terrorism investigations. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious and think someone may be engaging in terrorist activity, trust your instincts and act by reporting it in confidence at www.gov.uk/ACTor the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, dial 999.

Visit the ACT Early website at www.actearly.uk to find out how you can seek help and support for anyone who you suspect may be being radicalised.

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