Police and Counter-Terrorism officers have been searching a property in Ross-on-Wye following the arrest of a man in Gloucestershire on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Anti Terror police descended on The Riverside Inn on Wye Street in Ross-on-Wye late on Wednesday and have remained at the property since then. An increased police presence has been put in place in Ross and the surrounding area to help reassure the public. Police have been keen to state that they believe there to be ‘no risk to the wider community’ at this time.

The CTPSE released the following statement regarding the search:

“It is in relation to the arrest of a 43-year-old man from Gloucestershire. He was arrested on suspicion of:

*    Encouragement of Terrorism contrary to section one of the Terrorism Act  2006
*    Dissemination of Terrorist publications contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006
*    Collection of information contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000
*    Intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of serious crime contrary to section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007

“He remains in police custody at this time.

‚ÄúThree other searches are being carried out in Gloucestershire in relation to this case. Specialist officers will be carrying out these searches and may at time be wearing protective suits, however there is no wider threat to the public at this time.‚ÄĚ

Herefordshire Commander, Superintendent Ross Jones said: “People in the Wye Street area of Ross-on-Wye may be concerned about the police activity which has been taking place yesterday and today (Thursday, November 19th).  I understand these concerns and would like to reassure you that there is no wider risk to the community at this time.

“The searches are being carried out by specialist officers as part of an investigation being led by Counter Terrorism Policing South East. West Mercia Police officers are working alongside to assist.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience while officers continue their search activity and the investigation continues.

‚ÄúWe will have an increased policing presence in the local area and should anyone have any questions or concerns about this activity, I encourage them to speak to one of my officers or call 101 and ask to speak to the local policing team.‚ÄĚ

Photo Credit ‚Äď Ross-on-Line