Six people arrested on terrorism suspicion in London
Published Thursday, July 5, 2012 6:40AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 5, 2012 8:37AM EDT
A total of six people were arrested in the London area Thursday on suspicion of terrorism -- but police said the arrests were not linked to the upcoming Olympic Games.
In total, five men and one woman were arrested in London after police swept in on a number of addresses Thursday morning.
They were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of the acts of terrorism, according to a statement from British police.
"The arrests we think went reasonably well," said CTV's London Bureau Chief Tom Kennedy. "There was one person who resisted -- police said they Tasered one individual -- but they didn't have to be brought to hospital."
The suspects were all between 18 and 30. Three were arrested in west London, and three at a home in east London.
Police said the investigation was part of a pre-planned intelligence led operation.
Kennedy said police had been watching the suspects for some time, but decided to move Thursday due to public safety concerns.
"And what that usually implies is that there was some sort of terror attack being planned, and police were concerned the timing of the attack was getting too close, therefore they made the arrest," Kennedy told CTV's Canada AM.
Police said searches were being carried out Thursday at eight separate addresses in east, west and north London, and at one business in east London.
In a separate incident Thursday, Kennedy said a man was arrested on a bus north of London after he was allegedly found pouring liquid into a bag that was smoking.
Reports later emerged that police weren't treating the bus incident as suspected terrorism and said no one was injured on the bus.