'Activists' Arrested under Terrorism Law
McSmith, Andy, The Independent (London, England)
POLICE USED anti-terrorism laws to arrest five people they suspect of planning to disrupt Thursday's G20 summit, it emerged yesterday.
Three men and two women, who were thought to be political activists, were taken into police custody on Friday after police officers discovered imitation weapons, fireworks and political literature during a search of a flat in Plymouth.
The investigation was sparked after a 25-year-old man was arrested for allegedly spraying graffiti on a wall in Plymouth city centre, prompting officers to carry out a search of his flat. There they discovered a number of suspicious items including a replica Kalashnikov assault rifle and several minor explosive devices made from fireworks.
A 16-year-old schoolboy and two women aged 20, who were in the flat at the time, were also detained under the Terrorism Act and for separate drugs offences. Further investigations led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man on Sunday.
The arrests are the first direct police action ahead of Thursday's G20 summit, which will see the leaders of the world's 20 richest countries, including US President Barack Obama, …
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Publication information: Article title: 'Activists' Arrested under Terrorism Law. Contributors: McSmith, Andy - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: March 31, 2009. Page number: 4. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.