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Man Arrested Over Uranium Find at Heathrow Airport

Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command were contacted by Border Force colleagues at Heathrow after a cargo package containing scrap metal was found to be contaminated with a very small amount of uranium.

A man has been arrested and released on bail as part of an ongoing investigation linked to the discovery of traces of uranium within a cargo package at Heathrow Airport on December 29, 2022.

Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Metropolitan Police’s (Met) Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The discovery of what was a very small amount of uranium within a package at Heathrow Airport is clearly of concern, but it shows the effectiveness of the procedures and checks in place with our partners to detect this type of material.

“Our priority since launching our investigation has been to ensure that there is no linked direct threat to the public. To this end, we are following every possible line of enquiry available to us, which has led us to making this arrest over the weekend.

“I want to be clear that despite making this arrest, and based on what we currently know, this incident still does not appear to be linked to any direct threat to the public.

“However, detectives are continuing with their enquiries to ensure this is definitely the case.”

Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command were contacted by Border Force colleagues at Heathrow after a cargo package containing scrap metal was found to be contaminated with a very small amount of uranium.

It was detected during a routine screening on December 29, 2022. On January 14, officers attended an address in Cheshire, supported by colleagues from Cheshire Police and Counter Terrorism Police North West. A man in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of an offense under Section 9 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He was taken to a police station in north west England, and has been released on bail until a date in April.

Specialist officers also carried out a search at the same address at which the man was arrested. The search is now complete and no material that could be a threat to the public was found.

Read more at the Metropolitan Police

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