Counter Terrorism Policing South East detectives have arrested two Ramsgate boys today (Thursday 20 September) on suspicion of terrorism offences.
The boys − both aged 15 – were arrested from their home addresses on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts. The acts are linked to the extreme right, said Detective Superintendent Nigel Doak from CTPSE.
They are being questioned at a police station in the South East after being detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act.
Detective Superintendent Nigel Doak from CTPSE said: “I would like to reassure the local community that today’s arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led, and there was no immediate threat to the public.
“We are committed to tackling any and all ideologies which pose a threat to the public’s safety and security. We treat the threat from the extreme right in exactly the same way as any other threat.
“To defeat terrorism and all forms of extremism, CT Policing launched the national awareness campaign, ‘Make Nothing Happen’. The campaign, the first under the branding platform ACT: Action Counters Terrorism urges the public to act on their instincts and report suspicious activity, including all types of extremist behaviour, to the police by visiting www.gov.uk/ACT or calling confidentially on 0800 789 321. In an emergency dial 999.”