An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Dover in connection with yesterday’s tube bombing at Parson’s Green station in London.
In a statement, Metropolitan Police said the man had been arrested in the ‘port area’ of Dover this morning by officers from the Kent Police force under section 41 of the Terrorism Act.
Paramedics, the London Fire Brigade and British Transport Police were called to the west London station at around 8:20am on Friday after a reports of an ‘explosion’ on a tube train.
Following the attack, which left 30 people injured, the UK terror threat was raised to ‘critical’, which means another attack may be ‘imminent’.
Details of the arrested man’s identity are not being released while the investigation continues.
Neil Basu the Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said:
We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning. Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.
The public should remain vigilant as our staff, officers and partners continue to work through this complex investigation. We are not, at this time, changing our protective security measures and the steps taken to free up extra armed officers remain in place.
This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers. For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.
Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are continuing to urge anyone with information about the terrorist attack to contact police.
The man remains in custody at a local police station and will be transferred to a south London police station in due course.