Homes evacuated as police hold Birmingham man in counter-terror swoop


A Birmingham man has been arrested in a counter-terror swoop.

West Midlands Police said a 27-year-old is being held after suspicious items were allegedly found at his home in Naseby Road, Alum Rock.

Police originally arrested the man at 1.40am on Sunday on suspicion of going equipped and possession of an offensive weapon.

Houses on the street were evacuated temporarily while experts from West Midlands Police, the fire service and army conducted safety checks on the items.

No further details on the nature of these items have been disclosed.

The man is being held under section 41 of the Terrorism Act which relates to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and detectives from the West Midlands counter terrorism unit have until Tuesday to question him.