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Boy, 14, and girl,16, arrested for preparing acts of terrorism

Police pointed out that these arrests are not related to the nine individuals stopped at the Turkey/Syria border.

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TWO TEENAGERS IN England’s north east have been arrested in a terrorism investigation.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the 14-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl were arrested after an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, Greater Manchester Police and Lancashire Constabulary.

GMP said that on Thursday “following the examination of a number of electronic devices”, the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and officers from Lancashire Constabulary executed a warrant at an address in Blackburn.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of “preparing for an act of terrorism”.

Subsequently, on Friday, officers from the Tactical Aid Unit and North West Counter Terrorism Unit executed a warrant at a house on Clee Avenue, Longsight, in Manchester.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.

Both have been bailed until 28 May.

Police pointed out that these arrests are not related to the nine individuals stopped at the Turkey/Syria border.

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