No Immediate Threat after Counter Terrorism Raid on Rainhill House
Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and Merseyside Police are searching five addresses, including the former Rocklands Hotel, later a nursery, on View Road, Rainhill.
Raids also took place in the Kensington and Old Swan districts of Liverpool, and a 31-year-old man remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of involvement in commission, preparation or instigation of terrorist acts.
Officers wore protective clothing and respirators in case of noxious substances during the dawn raids today (Wednesday 11 February).
Searches may continue for hours or even days.
“It is our intention to carry out a thorough, professional investigation to determine the circumstances and details of the activity reported.
“We are taking all measures necessary to ensure public safety, which is our primary concern,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole of the NWCTU.
“Members of the public will see a lot of police activity at a number of addresses,” he continued, but “it is absolutely vital to stress – and I hope at the same time reassure the public – that there is no current threat or evidence of an imminent attack.
“We will of course keep the public informed as things progress and would once again encourage them not to be unduly worried.”
Anyone with concerns about suspicious activity should contact local officers on 101 or phone the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.
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