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Three arrested under terror laws

One of the arrests taking place
The area where the arrests were made remain cordoned off

Armed police have raided two houses in Hampshire and arrested three people under terrorism laws in an inquiry into "domestic extremism", police said.

A man aged 25 was held outside a house in Crossways, Aldershot, at about 1545 BST on Monday. His home address was sealed and searched.

A ground floor flat at nearby Denmark Square was cordoned off, and a 26-year-old man and 22-year-old woman held.

All three have been held under the Terrorism Act and are in custody.

Ben Taylor, who lives in Denmark Square, said: "The first I knew of anything was when I heard raised voices.

"Armed police were there, police dogs, marked and unmarked cars. I saw forensic officers going in and bringing out boxes. It was going on all night."

Police said the two properties would remain cordoned off for the next few days while searches continued.

Ch Supt Mark Chatterton, of Hampshire Police, said: "Armed arrests like this are rare in our community.

"I want to reassure residents that they need not be alarmed.

"This was an an intelligence-led operation and these were targeted arrests by highly-trained officers."


Footage of a police operation in Denmark Square where a flat was cordoned off under terrorism laws

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