By John Smith •
Published: 21 Oct 2016 • 14:18
North Greenwich Station
ON THE afternoon of Friday October 21, the Metropolitan Police tweeted the fact that a 19-year-old man had been arrested that day, under the Terrorism Act following the discovery of a suspicious item on a tube in North Greenwich the previous day.
The man was arrested by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, assisted by armed colleagues, in the street in Holloway Road, N7 and officers discharged a TASER during the arrest but no firearms were discharged.
The 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism acts, under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He has been taken to a London police station where he remains in custody.
Shortly after 11am on Thursday October 20, British Transport Police (BTP) were called to North Greenwich Underground Station after train staff reported finding a suspicious item on a train travelling eastbound on the Jubilee Line.
The station was evacuated while specialist officers from the Met and BTP attended and made the item safe.
The item is currently being forensically examined and they await the results of that examination but in the meantime keeping an open mind regarding any possible motive. They are not looking for anyone else in relation to this investigation at this stage.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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