‘Parsons Green bomber’ arrested at Dover port as he ‘tries to flee the country’ as armed police ‘find bomb’ in dramatic raid on Surrey home and evacuate neighbours

Saturday, September 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

Police launched an armed operation in Sunbury-on-Thames this afternoon with local residents evacuated
It comes after officers arrested a suspect in the ‘port area’ of Dover in connection with yesterday’s attack
PM announced the UK’s terror threat had been raised to critical meaning another attack is imminent
Soldiers will replace police at key locations out of public view so more armed officers can go onto streets
Scotland Yard has identified the suspect behind the rush hour bomb on District Line train at Parsons Green
Failure of the device to detonate properly avoided a massive blast that would have claimed dozens of lives
Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the west London attack saying its ‘soldiers’ had ‘planted IEDs’

16 September 2017

Armed police are this afternoon raiding a house in Surrey hours after arresting the 18-year-old man believed to have planted the Parsons Green bomb.

One nearby resident told MailOnline that officers had found a bomb at the site in Sunbury-on-Thames after ‘around 60 people’ were evacuated from their homes.

Earlier today police apprehended a suspect in the ‘port area’ of Dover as he tried to buy a ferry ticket to France in a a believed attempt to flee the country.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the arrest as ‘very significant’, but added: ‘The operation is ongoing.’

The suspect was taken to a local police station and will be transferred to south London during the course of the day, officers said.

It comes after the Prime Minister last night announced Britain’s terror threat has been raised to its highest level amid fears the bombing could inspire copycat attacks.

The raid in Surrey took place at a residential address on Cavendish Road just before 2pm this afternoon.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘Residents in the buildings immediately surrounding the address are also being evacuated as a precautionary measure.

‘Cordons are being put in place at a 100 metre radius to facilitate the Metropolitan Police Service’s operation, which is being supported by colleagues from Surrey Police.

‘A search of the address is ongoing and the cordons will remain in place until the operation is complete.’

Sunbury-on-Thames is just a 37-minute train ride from Wimbledon station, where the tube that was bombed yesterday began its journey.

Security minister Ben Wallace said today the threat level has been raised to critical because a new attack is likely to be ‘imminent’ as an increased presence of armed officers was seen in cities across the country.

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