Two men have been arrested in Sheffield this morning by counter-terrorism police in connection with a plan to go to Syria to join ISIS.
Officers arrested two men, aged 40 and 36, on suspicion of preparation to commit an act of terrorism.
The arrests in Heeley and Shiregreen form part of an investigation related to people planning to go to Syria to join in with the conflict in the country.
The raids took place at 6am this morning but officials would not confirm their precise location.
It is understood the raids are in connection with a plan to join terrorist organisation ISIS.
A 55-year-old woman and 44-year-old man, from Batley, West Yorkshire, have also been arrested today on suspicion of terrorist fundraising.
UPDATE: Three of the four people arrested have been bailed tonight. Only the 40-year-old Sheffield man remains in police custody.
Five homes in Sheffield, Batley and Dewsbury are being searched this morning as part of the police operation, led by specialist officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.
All the suspects have been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.
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.
“If you have any concerns as a result of the activity then please contact local police via 101.
“If you suspect that there may be suspicious activity in your area, or are concerned about someone’s behaviour, then contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 and a specialist officer will assist you.”
Superintendent Shaun Morley, of South Yorkshire Police, said the police probe related to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
He said: “We’d ask anyone who is wanting to donate money to those affected by conflict to do so through reputable charities which can be found on the Charity Commission website.”
Councillor Peter Price, who represents the Shiregreen and Brightside ward, said he was shocked at today’s news.
“I must admit I’m surprised and concerned,” he said.
“Shiregreen is a very settled community and one wouldn’t dream of something like this.
“It is quite disconcerting to think it happens on your own doorstep. You wouldn’t believe it on Shiregreen of all places.
“But I’m pleased the police are on the ball and working behind the scenes.”
Saeed Nazir, general secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Sheffield, who have repeatedly held peace conferences in the city and have previously condemned the actions of ISIS as acting against the teachings of Islam, said he was shocked to hear of the arrests.
He praised the actions of the police.
“The way the police have dealt with it has been tremendous and they have asked the community to stay calm as well,” he said
“We as a Muslim community will support the Government and the measures being taken to counter criminality.”
Mr Nazir said ordinary Muslims should not be associated with the actions of those involved with groups such as ISIS.
“Islam is a very peaceful religion. If an individual is doing something related to extremism, the individual should be blamed, not the religion,” he said.
Separately, Scotland Yard has said a 23-year-old man was arrested in east London on Wednesday on suspicion of ‘the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism’ by officers from the Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.
A spokesman said: “Officers continue to search the address and a second residential address in east London. The man is being detained under Schedule 8 of Terrorism Act 2000 legislation.
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