Four people have been arrested in West Yorkshire on suspicion of terror offences in relation to Syria.

Two men from Sheffield, aged 40 and 36, are being questioned at a West Yorkshire police station on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

A 55-year-old man and a 44-year-old man from Batley, have also been arrested on suspicion of terrorist fundraising under Section 15 of the Act.

Five properties in Sheffield, Batley and Dewsbury are being searched by police in relation to the ongoing investigation, which has been described as “Syria related”.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, said:

“We understand that people may be concerned following today’s arrests however we would like to reassure communities that today’s activity is as a result of an ongoing investigation which is intelligence led. There is no evidence to suggest that communities are at risk.”

In an unrelated operation, a 23-year-old man has been arrested in east London under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.

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