Sheffield man arrested by anti-terror police

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A SHEFFIELD man has been arrested by anti-terror police after the theft of munitions from a freight train.

Officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit made the arrest at a house in Darnall, Sheffield, late on Sunday night.

Today addresses in Sheffield were being searched.

Ten packages containing what are reported to be anti-tank mines used by British troops in Afghanistan were believed to have been stolen when a train stopped in Warrington, Cheshire, last week.

All of the munitions have been safely recovered.

The North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NWCTU), which is leading the investigation, has said it does not believe the theft was terror-related.

The 31 year old Sheffield man was arrested along with a 29-year-old man in Birkenhead by officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

A spokesman said both men were in custory awaiting questioning.

The MoD-owned munitions were on a train when it left Longtown in Cumbria at approximately 11.30am last Wednesday.

Ten packages, each containing four separate plastic cases, were initially reported stolen to British Transport Police, shortly after 7.30am on Thursday when the train arrived at Didcot, Oxfordshire.

Seven of the packages were found near a railway line in the Folley Lane area of Warrington following extensive and targeted searching by dedicated police search teams.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “The three outstanding packages, which are made up of a total of 12 plastic cases, were safely recovered by specially trained explosive ordnance disposal officers from an address in Birkenhead.

“As part of ongoing inquiries led by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, a number of addresses in Birkenhead and Sheffield are being searched. This co-ordinated investigation, which remains ongoing, also includes the Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police and MoD.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 1027 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.