Terror arrests as car stopped on M1 motorway in South Yorkshire

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Seven men have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after firearms and other weapons were found ‘hidden’ in a car stopped on the M1 in South Yorkshire.

West Midlands Police said a man from West Yorkshire and six from the West Midlands were questioned ‘on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism’.

A spokesman said: “The arrests followed a routine stop of a vehicle by police on the M1 in South Yorkshire last Saturday. The car was impounded on suspicion of having no insurance.

“Firearms, offensive weapons and other material were later found hidden inside, prompting police to trace and arrest the driver, passenger and others suspected of being involved.”

The car was stopped on the southbound carriageway between junctions 33 and 34.

Three men aged 23, 26 and 27 from Sparkhill, Birmingham, were arrested on Tuesday.

Another three, a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old from Birmingham and a 22-year-old man from the West Midlands, were arrested on Wednesday.

A 43-year old man from West Yorkshire, was detained on Thursday.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “As soon as the items were discovered in the impounded vehicle, our priority was to protect the public by pursuing and arresting those we believed to be involved.”