Man arrested at Stansted Airport in Essex by counter-terror police

PUBLISHED: 08:04 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:38 24 May 2017

Stansted Airport. Picture: ARCHANT

Stansted Airport. Picture: ARCHANT

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A man has been arrested by counter-terror police at Stansted Airport on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism.

The 37-year-old man was stopped before boarding a flight to Turkey on Tuesday night. It’s thought he was planning to travel on to Syria.

He was arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism, although the arrest was not connected to the Manchester Arena attack, Scotland Yard said.

The man, who has not been identified, is being held at a south London police station while officers search two residential addresses in the north of the city.

On Monday 22 people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide bomb attack at the Manchester Arena.

Britain is on critical terror alert with military troops set to bolster police forces amid fears Manchester attacker Salman Abedi did not act alone.

Essex Police said this morning: “In Essex from Wednesday onwards people will see an increased police presence - including armed officers and other specialist units - across the country and at key sites, such as train stations and other crowded places to help protect and reassure the public.”

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