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Man, 33, arrested in sleepy village by terror cops on suspicion of possessing a bomb

A 33-YEAR-old man was arrested in a sleepy village by terror cops on suspicion of possessing a bomb.

Counter-terror police descended on the tiny village of Paulton, Somerset, as part of an investigation yesterday.

Villagers were shocked when seven police vehicles and a bomb disposal truck were seen in the High Street area of Paulton, which has a population of just 5,300.

The man was initially arrested on Thursday on suspicion of Section 4 (1) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 – making or possessing an explosive substance in suspicious circumstances.

And he was re-arrested yesterday under Section 41 the Terrorism Act 2000 by detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East and South West.

He remains in police custody at this time while searches are carried out at a property in Paulton.

Officers carrying out the search were seen wearing protective suits, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team have also been called to the property as a precaution.

Chief Inspector Steve Kendall, the local area commander, said: “I would like to reassure the local community that the arrest was carried out by specialist officers from the Counter-Terrorism Policing network.

“A 33-year-old man arrested remains in police custody and there is no wider threat to the public.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience while officers carry out a search of the property and continue their investigation.

“We will have an increased policing presence in the local area.

“Should anyone have any questions or concerns about this activity, I encourage them to speak to one of my officers or call 101 and ask to speak to the local neighbourhood team.”

Local resident Jake Eastman, who lives just moments away from where the police presence has been concentrated, was “shocked” by the incident.

He said: “It’s normally a very quiet village, this definitely isn’t a common occurence here.”

Jake added that police officers are working at the scene through the night.

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