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Man with axe and knives arrested near Kidderminster TA base

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Man with axe and knives arrested near Kidderminster TA base

  • 19 June 2017
  • From the section Hereford & Worcester
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Image caption Officers said there were no links to the terror attack in Finsbury Park in London

Anti-terror police have arrested a man in possession of knives and an axe near a Territorial Army (TA) centre.

West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit and officers from the West Mercia force held the 23-year-old by the Kidderminster centre on Sunday night.

Officers said there was nothing to indicate a threat to the premises on Birmingham Road or any link to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, London.

The man's motives are not yet known and he remains in custody, police said.

Asst Ch Con Martin Evans, of West Mercia Police, said: "On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat and take him into custody.

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"I understand that this will be extremely concerning for the residents of Kidderminster but I would like to reassure you that at this time we believe the suspect was acting alone and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident."

He said an "extremely sensitive investigation" was under way and confirmed additional police patrols would take place in the town to reassure people.

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