West Midlands Police have confirmed a man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested by Counter Terrorism police.
StaffsLive understands that man to be Nazam Hussain, a one-time close friend and terror cell member of the London Bridge attacker Usman Khan.
A house raid was executed late at night on November 30 in connection to a wider ongoing review of existing licence conditions of convicted terrorism offenders across the country.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed there were a total of 74 convicted terrorists freed on license shortly after the London Bridge attack, including recently arrested Hussain.
Hussain was arrested on suspicion of preparing a terrorist act.
This development comes in the aftermath of the London Bridge attack last Friday that saw two killed and three injured by ISIS terrorist Usman Khan. The attacker was released on licence after serving half of a 16 year prison sentence for a terror plan to bomb the London Stock Exchange, Stoke pubs and nightclubs, and other targets across the country as part of a terrorist cell.
Nazam Hussain was jailed alongside Usman Khan and seven others in 2012 for the foiled terror plot but released last December – on the same day as Khan – after their successful 2013 Court of Appeal case saw their sentences reduced from indefinite to a minimum of just eight years.
Staffordshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said: “Staffordshire Police continue to carry out further enhanced neighbourhood patrols to reassure local communities following the incident which took place in London on Friday and the arrest of a man last night in Stoke-on-Trent by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit in connection to a wider on-going review of existing licence conditions of convicted terrorism offenders.
“People will be aware that the man who carried out the attack in London was living in Staffordshire. Two properties in the county continue to be searched and cordons remain in place at these locations as detectives and forensic officers continue with their investigation.
“These incidents have resulted in intense focus on the county and I would like to thank local communities and partners for their support and understanding while these crucial enquiries continue.
“We are working closely with our colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing to support their investigation which continues at pace to establish the full circumstances of what happened and to ensure there is no related outstanding threat to the public.”
A police spokesperson said: “There is no information to suggest that the arrested man was involved in the incident at London Bridge on Friday.
“There was no immediate risk to public safety.”