BREAKING NEWS: Worthing address raided in anti-terrorism operation

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A WORTHING address was raided as part of an operation against terrorist financing.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command this morning (Tuesday, May 1) arrested seven people on suspicion of terrorist financing offences.

A road in Worthing was raided this morning, however, the road name has not been released.

Arrests were made at four separate residential addresses in London, Cardiff and Coventry at around 6am on suspicion of being involved in the funding of a terrorist organisation and laundering the proceeds of crime for that purpose.

A further eight search warrants were executed at seven residential addresses in Worthing, the road name for which has not been released, London and Coventry, and a business premises in Coventry. Sussex Police provided assistance in the raiding of the address.

The searches are ongoing and there have been no arrests at these premises.

The people arrested so far are a 45-year-old woman and 49-year-old man from Croydon, a 47-year-old man and 30-year-old man from Brent, a 45-year-old man and a 42-year-old man from Coventry and a 40-year-old man from Cardiff.

They have been taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody.

The co-ordinated operation is led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, with assistance from the Counter Terrorism network, the UK Border Agency and local forces.

The arrests were a part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation, into suspected fund-raising for terrorism overseas.

The MPS operation, which also involves Homeland Security Investigations in America, is investigating a network suspected of illegally exporting the stimulant khat, which is legal in the UK, to the USA and Canada, where it is a controlled substance.

Search warrants were also executed under the Terrorism Act 2000 at the four residential addresses in London, Cardiff and Coventry in connection with this inquiry and searches are ongoing.

Enquiries continue.