A 35-YEAR-old man was today being quizzed by anti-terror cops
The arrest happened overnight at a gated development in upmarket West Didsbury, Greater Manchester.
The village is popular with TV stars and footballers and the raided house is just yards from trendy restaurant ‘Greens’ – owned by ‘Sunday Brunch’ host and TV chef Simon Rimmer.
The private complex is behind a primary school and directly opposite the internationally renowned 130 year-old Northern Lawn Tennis Club.
The club has a rich tennis history hosting such greats as Andy Murray, Tim Henman, Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova and boasts the Manchester Trophy – part of the ATP Challenger Tour.
Today the private housing estate’s gates remained shut as a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tactical Aid Unit van remained parked inside the private complex.
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Local residents said officers raided the complex overnight, late on Thursday evening.
We need to work together to defeat those who seek to destroy our communities
Greater Manchester’s Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts
Yesterday afternoon, officers in blue forensic suits were seen carefully searching through the unnamed man’s £350,000 three storey townhouse.
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Greater Manchester Police officers later removed a grey Mazda 3 on a flatbed lorry.
Officers at the gates quizzed residents as they entered.
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Police later confirmed a 32-year-old woman linked to the investigation was also arrested in Manchester – although it is not known if this was at the same address.
Both were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts
In an effort to reassure residents, Greater Manchester’s Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: “The horrific events of London have affected people across the nation.
“We know it has been felt strongly in our communities, here in Greater Manchester.
“In light of an arrest in Manchester overnight, I want to offer my strongest assurances that we are here to support our communities and will robustly investigate any reports of hatred towards anyone.
Local residents said officers raided the complex overnight, late on Thursday evening
“We have reviewed our patrols to ensure we provide visible reassurance. Terrorist acts and hate crimes are committed by a tiny minority of people and are not representative of the public.
“We need to work together to defeat those who seek to destroy our communities with hate, fear, and violence.”