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Armed Police make Terror Arrest at Moy Park Poultry factory

Armed police stormed a factory last night and arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism-related offences, according to witnesses.

It is understood one man was held at the Moy Park poultry factory in Ashbourne overnight.

Police have confirmed that a total of six people, four from Derby, have been arrested in an operation against suspected terror offences.

Officers said that six addresses were raided but have not given details of any, although Leopold Street in Normanton remains sealed off today after police swooped at around 5am.

One Moy Park worker, who did not want to be named, said “everybody at the factory is talking about it”.

He said: “Police raided the factory last night and have arrested one of the workers. Armed police stormed it and took a man away who is quite a popular worker here.

“It’s incredibly shocking to come into work and here about the arrest. This is just a normal factory. We have seen CCTV footage from it happening last night. Everybody at the factory is talking about it. The CCTV shows him being held down on the floor.

“It’s even more shocking because the man is a really nice bloke. Everybody likes him. He works hard and just gets on with it.

“He’s a great worker. He gets involved with people and is very active."

The man said he was "lost for words" when he was told. He said: "There's a lot of people that work here but I never thought anything like this would happen.

"We've never had trouble in the past."

The six people have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act

The arrested men from Derby are aged 22, 27, 35 and 36.

A 27-year-old man from Burton and a 32-year-old woman from London were also arrested. They were held on suspicion of "engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006".

A spokesman for Moy Park said:“This is a police matter and it would be inappropriate to make comment.”

Source: - 12 December 2016