UK Nuke Terror Suspects Freed

Monday, May 9, 2011 @ 04:05 PM gHale

Five men arrested close to the Sellafield nuclear site under the Terrorism Act are now free after officers decided not to charge them.

Police busted the men, all from London and in their 20s, a week ago after a stop check on a vehicle close to the Sellafield site, in Cumbria, UK.

The men had been taking photographs, according to a BBC report.

The North West Counter Terrorism Unit led the investigation.

Under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, a police officer can arrest anyone they “reasonably suspect” of being a terrorist.

Police held the men, all of Bangladeshi origin, in Carlisle overnight and then moved them to Manchester the following day.

The arrests came hours after the news Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, and officials warned the public to remain vigilant over fears of reprisals from groups sympathetic to al-Qaeda.

The Sellafield site is responsible for decommissioning and reprocessing nuclear waste and fuel manufacturing on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, who carried out the arrests, and private security guard the site, which has operated since the 1940s.

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