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London attack: Teenager arrested at Dover port in connection with Parsons Green Tube bombing

16:05, Saturday, 16 September, 2017
London attack: Teenager arrested at Dover port in connection with Parsons Green Tube bombing

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Dover in connection with attack on a London Underground train in Parsons Green.

The suspect was arrested by Kent Police in the port area under the Terrorism Act on Saturday morning.

He remains in custody at a local police station and will be transferred to London in due course.The Metropolitan Police described the arrest as “significant” but did not give any further information on the man’s alleged role, having previously suggested investigators were hunting multiple suspects.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said: “We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning. Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.“The public should remain vigilant as our staff, officers and partners continue to work through this complex investigation. We are not, at this time, changing our protective security measures and the steps taken to free up extra armed officers remain in place.

“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers. For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.”

Police are continuing to appeal for information on the attempted bombing, which struck a packed District Line train at the height of Friday morning’s rush hour.

Commuters described a “fireball” sweeping through the carriage, injuring 29 people and prompting a dangerous stampede by those trying to flee.

Detectives have so far spoken to 45 witnesses are receiving photos and videos from the public, while scouring CCTV footage.

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