UK terror cell was arrested after US code crackers hacked into the phone of ‘man in the hat’

Five UK terror suspects were arrested after US code crackers hacked into a phone linked to the ‘man in the hat’ Mohamed Abrini.

Four men and a woman from Birmingham were held as officers swooped on the suspected UK arm of the fanatical group who killed 162 in Paris and Brussels in a wave of gun attacks and suicide bombings.

The phone linked to Abrini, 31, is believed to have contained photographs of Birmingham landmarks including Aston Villa’s football stadium and the city’s Bullring shopping mall.

A photograph of New Street rail station and images of the Small Heath area are also said to have been discovered on the device.