A man has been arrested in Stoke-on-Trent following a review of terrorists released on license in the wake of the London Bridge attack.
West Midlands Police said the 34 – year-old man was detained on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts following a search of his home address.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said there was “no information to suggest” that the arrested man in Stoke was involved in the London Bridge attack and there was “no immediate risk to public safety”.
The force added that the search warrant was executed on Saturday “in connection to a wider on-going review of existing license conditions of convicted terrorism offenders”.
As part of the investigation into the London Bridge attack, police have been searching a property in Stoke, where Khan had been based, and a block of flats in Stafford, where he is believed to have stayed. )
The 28 – year-old had been wearing an electronic tag when he launched his attack after being released halfway through a 16 – year prison sentence over a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.
He was tackled byseveral members of the public– including ex-offenders and an off-duty policeman – before he was shot dead by officers on London Bridge.
It has prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the license conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the review applies to “probably about 74 “people and he found it” repulsive “that terrorists like Khan could be released from prison after serving eight years.
Meanwhile, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News that convicted terrorists should “not necessarily” automatically serve their full prison sentences.
Speaking toSky’s Sophy Ridge, Mr Corbyn said there were lessons to be learned from the London Bridge attack and there should be a “full investigation” into the circumstances around Khan’s prison sentence and subsequent release.
Mr Corbyn said police “had no choice” but to shoot Khan dead as they were “stuck with a situation where there was a credible threat of a bomb belt around his body”. Police confirmed after the incident that the device was a hoax.
It has been reported that Khan, who was a student and personal friend of the Islamist extremist Anjem Choudary, was given permission to travel into central London on *** by police and the probation service.
He had also been allowed to travel to Whitehall earlier in the year.
The family of Jack Merritt, one of the two Cambridge University graduates killed in Friday’s attack, urged politicians not to enforce “draconian” sentences in the wake of the incident.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Mr Merritt’s family said: “We know Jack would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary. “