North Greenwich bomb alert: Teenager tasered and arrested under Terrorism Act

North Greenwich station (Wikipedia)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man under the Terrorism Act over the suspicious item which prompted the evacuation of North Greenwich tube station yesterday.

The man was arrested by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, assisted by armed colleagues, in Holloway Road, North London on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism acts.

The arrest took place at around 12.20am local time. The Met said in a statement that the man had been tasered but no firearms were used.

The arrest was made following the evacuation of North Greenwich tube station yesterday at around 11am due to the discovery of a suspicious package by station staff.

A bomb disposal team was called to the site to carry out a controlled explosion and the station, which serves the O2 arena and is part of the busy Jubilee Line network, was closed for several hours, bringing widespread disruption.

The Met said in a statement that the item "is currently being forensically examined and we await the results of that examination.

"Officers are keeping an open mind regarding any possible motive. They are not looking for anyone else in relation to this investigation at this stage.

"Police are urging anyone who saw anything suspicious on this particular train or anywhere else to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, in an emergency always call 999."