Armed police arrest two men in central London on suspicion of preparing act of terrorism

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism after being stopped while acting suspiciously in central London.

The suspects were detained by armed police shortly after midnight on Thursday.

It came days after the UK’s terror threat level was raised to severe, meaning attacks are highly likely.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said the men had been seen acting suspiciously in a car in the Westminster area.

They were stopped and arrested on Pall Mall by armed officers, a statement added. The police officers searched the men and the vehicle.

They subsequently arrested the men – two 34-year-olds from east London – on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

The offence is used to prosecute people accused of planning or attempting a terror attack.

The men, who have not been identified, remain in custody at a London police station.

Pall Mall is a historic road that connects to Trafalgar Square in central London, and contains several international embassies.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: Every day, police officers are on patrol across the capital, watching for suspicious behaviour and stopping people they suspect may be involved in criminality.

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