Man arrested on terror offence after traces of uranium found at Heathrow

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    A man has been arrested on a terror offence after traces of deadly uranium were found at Heathrow Airport.

    The 60-year-old was found to have brought the deadly nuclear material into the country at the end of December, Scotland Yard confirmed.

    He was arrested after searches were carried out on a property in Cheshire yesterday (January 14).

    However, he has now been released on bail until April, the Metropolitan Police has said.

    The discovery was made on December 29, and the UK Border Force confirmed at the time that it was an “extremely small” amount.

    Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The discovery of what was a very small amount of uranium within a package at Heathrow Airport is clearly of concern, but it shows the effectiveness of the procedures and checks in place with our partners to detect this type of material.

    “Our priority since launching our investigation has been to ensure that there is no linked direct threat to the public. To this end, we are following every possible line of inquiry available to us, which has led us to making this arrest over the weekend.

    “I want to be clear that despite making this arrest, and based on what we currently know, this incident still does not appear to be linked to any direct threat to the public.

    “However, detectives are continuing with their inquiries to ensure this is definitely the case.”

    Specialist officers also carried out a search at the same address at which the man was arrested. The search is now complete and no material that could be a threat to the public was found, the Met Police confirmed.

    He was arrested under the 2006 Terrorism Act, and enquiries are ongoing.

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