Police have raided five properties and arrested four men on suspicion of plotting a ‘Christmas terror attack’.
Specialist counter terrorism police officers kicked a door off its hinges as they arrested three men aged 22, 36 and 41, at addresses in Sheffield on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
A 31-year-old man was arrested at an address in Chesterfield on suspicion of the same offence.
All four were arrested by anti-terror police working with MI5 in the ‘Islamist related’ investigation, with people evacuated from their homes and schools placed on lock down this morning.
Terrified residents described hearing explosions during the dramatic early morning raids on homes, offices and a community centre.