Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yard Swoop on Chemical Terror Gang; Six North Africans Held in North London with Killer Poison Traces

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yard Swoop on Chemical Terror Gang; Six North Africans Held in North London with Killer Poison Traces

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

SCOTLAND YARD has uncovered a major terror plot after discovering residue of a lethal chemical weapon in a London flat.

The deadly chemical agent Ricin was recovered in a raid on a flat in Wood Green by the antiterrorist squad and six people, who are believed to be of North African origin, were arrested at the address. One woman who was also arrested has been released.

Police sources emphasised that they have recovered only a residue of the chemical but fear that more of the substance is still missing.

The dramatic development was revealed at a hastily called press conference at New

Scotland Yard this afternoon, given by Assistant Commissioner David Veness, the head of anti terrorist operations in the UK, and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Pat Troop. Mr Veness said six men, aged in their late teens, twenties and thirties, had been arrested at addresses in north and east London in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr Veness said a quantity of material and items of equipment were found at residential premises in Wood Green where one of the men was held. The seizure is a terrifying new development in the escalating war on terrorism. Despite recent reports of

chemical plots no actual chemicals themselves have been found. This is the first such discovery of its kind.

The arrests have been kept secret until today when scientists revealed the positive results of tests. Police fear that a much larger quantity of the poison has been manufactured in a home-made laboratory at a premises in Wood Green.

Doctors, hospitals and other health services throughout the country have been alerted to the effects of the deadly agent.

Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov was reputedly killed in London in 1978 when he was stabbed with a poison-tipped umbrella, which was used to put just 500 mg of ricin into his bloodstream.

Senior police officers called in health officials and other top-level experts to Scotland Yard today for urgent briefings. …

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