A man has been arrested as part of an investigation by British counter-terrorism services into the seizure of a small amount of uranium at London’s Heathrow airport in late December, police said on Sunday.
The man, in his sixties, was arrested by the Cheshire police (north-west of England) as part of the “Terrorism Act“, the British anti-terrorism legislation, a section of which is devoted to the possession and manufacture of radioactive material. He was released on bail until April.
London police reported on Wednesday the opening of an investigation by the anti-terrorism services after the seizure on December 29 of a small quantity of uranium in a package at Heathrow airport, one of the busiest of the world.
The British tabloid The Sun, which first reported on the seizure, claimed the package came from Pakistan and arrived in England on a plane that had taken off from Oman.
“I want to be clear that despite this arrest and based on what we know at this time, this incident still does not appear to be related to any threat to the public.said police commander Richard Smith, noting that the investigation was continuing.
“The discovery of what was a very small quantity of uranium (…) is obviously worrying but it shows the effectiveness of the procedures and controls put in place with our partners to detect this type of material“, he wanted to reassure.