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U.K. Police Arrest Man on Terror Charges at a London Airport

  • Man stopped Tuesday at Southend Airport and later arrested
  • U.K. police arresting people at record levels to avert attack

U.K. police arrested a 49-year-old man at London Southend Airport under terrorism legislation.

The man was held and taken to a south London police station on suspicion of preparation of acts to commit terrorism, U.K. police said. Officers are carrying out searches at an address in the London suburbs in Essex, they said.

The arrest comes as authorities work to prevent another deadly terrorist attack in the U.K. In the 12 months up to March, police arrested 304 people on terrorism charges, the highest since 2001, according to Home Office statistics.

Officials at Southend Airport, a small airport near the east coast, didn’t have immediate comment on the arrest.

— With assistance by Thomas Seal

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