Monday, 27 Mar 2023

Man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after leisure centre stabbing

A 29-year-old man from Cheltenham has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed the news this evening.

The arrest is in relation to an incident that happened at about 9.15pm outside a leisure centre in Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham on Thursday.

A woman was stabbed and sustained serious injuries. She was taken to hospital for treatment, where she remains in a stable condition.

Police say the man has been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism contrary to Section 41 of the Terrorism Act (2000), as well as on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act (2006).

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Ocone of Gloucestershire Constabulary said: ‘I would like to reassure those living locally or visiting the county that we believe this was an isolated incident and we are not aware of any wider threat to members of the public.

‘We are working closely with our partners in Counter Terrorism Policing.

‘We appreciate that an incident of this nature may be concerning and we would encourage people to contact us via 101 with any additional information they may have about the incident.’

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