Terror Alert: Police Bust 5 at UK Nuke Plant

Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 08:05 AM gHale

A nuclear plant in Northeastern England was the site of an arrest Monday after British police arrested five men on suspicion of terrorism.

The men, all in their 20s and from London, were close to the Sellafield nuclear facility after police officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary conducted a “stop check” on their vehicle, Cumbria Constabulary said. Cumbria Constabulary officers then arrested the men.

While parts of the world are on heightened alert to possible terror threats, there is no indication the incident relates to the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, police said.

The suspects were in police custody in Carlisle overnight and they then sent them to Manchester Tuesday morning for further interrogation, police said.

They will undergo further questioning by an anti-terror unit there, police said.

Metropolitan Police officers searched four homes in east London on Tuesday in connection with the arrests, said the police force leading the investigation.

Police held the suspects under a 2000 anti-terror law that allows police to arrest suspects without a warrant and hold them for up to 48 hours without charge.

Police closed the roads in the area briefly at the time of the arrests, Monday afternoon, authorities said.

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