Monday 20 November 2017

Tube suspects arrested in asylum halfway house

Two men, aged 30 and 48, were detained during a raid by counter-terrorism officers at a home in Newport, South Wales, early yesterday (stock picture)
Two men, aged 30 and 48, were detained during a raid by counter-terrorism officers at a home in Newport, South Wales, early yesterday (stock picture)

Claire Hayhurst

The two latest men to be arrested over the London Tube bombing lived in what was described by neighbours as a "halfway house" for asylum seekers.

The pair, aged 30 and 48, were detained during a raid by counter-terrorism officers at a home in Newport, South Wales, early yesterday.

A third man (25), who was arrested at a separate address in Newport shortly after 7pm on Tuesday, and two other suspects detained on Saturday remain in custody, taking the total number of arrests to five.

Searches are being carried out at four addresses, with Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Counter Terrorism Command, saying they were expected to take "some days to complete".

The two latest men detained are believed to have lived in West Street, close to the city.

Residents described the house being searched as a "halfway house" for asylum seekers.

One local businessman, who did not wish to be named, said: "The people that live there don't come from around here. I don't think they've been there for long."

CCTV images from local taxi firm Town Taxis Newport showed police arriving on West Street at 5.10am in seven marked and unmarked cars.

Irish Independent

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