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Terrorism unit raids Barking house in Syria probe

PUBLISHED: 16:17 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:17 26 May 2015

A property in Barking was raided by a police terrorism unit last week

A property in Barking was raided by a police terrorism unit last week

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Neighbours spoke of their shock after a counter terrorism unit descended on a property in Barking as part of Syria-related investigations.

Police officers were stationed outside a house for two days last week, searching the property and rummaging through bins in the garden.

Sarah Danby, 37, who lives a few doors down, said: “They had a minibus parked round the corner, too, for the last couple of days.

“We are used to police vans parked round here but not for two days.”

When the Post approached people staying in the house, they said neighbours were “lying” and they had never seen a police van.

The Post spoke to four people leaving the house – all of whom said they were visitors and did not live there.

A spokesman from South East Counter Terrorism Unit confirmed officers are carrying out a warrant at the address.

He added: “It is in relation to ongoing inquiries which are Syria-related and there is no immediate threat to the local community.”

A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Post: “Since Tuesday [May 19] at around 11am there have been at least two police cars outside the house and at most three or four.”

Hearing that the counter terrorism unit was investigating the property, he added: “That’s quite shocking. The community is very close across the whole street.

“We’d never have guessed because of how close-knit and friendly we are with each other.

“It’s strange we never see anyone living in that house. We have always had a good relationship with everyone in the street but we’ve never really known who’s there.”

Officers from the terrorism unit confirmed a 29-year-old man was arrested in relation to the investigation in December but no one has been charged.


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