Three men held in terror probe linked to threats to kill Gordon Brown

Posted on 12:15 PM by Sameer Shah

Three men arrested on suspicion of terror offences are linked to an investigation into threats to kill the Prime Minister, police sources confirmed tonight.

Terror probe To Kill Gordon Brown.

The three suspects, aged 21, 22 and 23, were all arrested on August 14. They are all from Blackburn, Lancashire, and are being held under the Terrorism Act 2006.

Two were arrested at Manchester Airport as they were about to board a flight to Finland. The third suspect was arrested in Accrington, Lancashire.

No plot was in place but there were calls for the death of Gordon Brown on an extremist jihad website in January.

Counter-terrorist officers from Greater Manchester and Lancashire are now in Scandinavia continuing their investigations.

Police have until Thursday to charge the three men, release them or seek an extension to their custody.

The swoop came as a culmination of a counter-terrorism operation between Lancashire Police and Greater Manchester Police's Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU).

Neighbours described the suspects as 'normal everyday lads'.

One man who lives in Percival Street, where two of the men lived, said: 'You don't expect it on your doorstep but that's life. It could happen anywhere.'

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