Teenager arrested in Thornton Heath over Tube bucket bomb

Police have begun a detailed search in what is described as a halfway house on St Paul’s Road, Thornton Heath, in connection with last week’s terrorist bucket bomb on a Tube train at Parsons Green, and follows the arrest at the house just after midnight of a teenaged boy.

Thirty people were hurt when a home-made bomb went off on a Tube train at Parsons Green last Friday

Thirty people were injured when the bomb misfired on the District Line during last Friday’s rush hour.

The Thornton Heath arrest is the sixth made by the police’s anti-terror squad since the incident.

The Met issued this press release just after 1am: “A 17-year-old male was arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act after officers executed a warrant at an address in Thornton Heath at around 00:05hrs. Officers have begun a search of the property.

“To date, a total of six males have been arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act in connection with the investigation.”

Those arrests have occurred in Dover, Hounslow, and three in Newport, South Wales.

The police said, “All six males are in custody at a south London police station.”

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met’s counter-terrorism command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday.

Dean Haydon: appeal for information

“We now have six males in custody and searches are continuing at five addresses. Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack.

“We anticipate that the searches will take some days to complete and may cause further disruption. However, it is important that we continue with these searches and I’d like to thank all those affected for their support, patience and cooperation.

“As police and our partners do all we can to confront the threat, public vigilance remains as vital as ever.

“We urge the public to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling us, in confidence, on 0800 789 321, or in an emergency by dialling 999.

“We are asking the public to look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life. It may be nothing, but if you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related, trust your instincts, then act, and call us.”

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