Five men arrested in terror raids

Armed police have arrested two men in Halifax

Five men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act after police raids, Scotland Yard says.

Two men, aged 25 and 29, were held in Halifax, West Yorkshire, "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism", police said.

Four properties in Halifax as well as a flat in north London were being searched as part of the investigation, Scotland Yard said.

Meanwhile, three men were also arrested on raids on properties in Manchester, police said. They stressed the raids were not linked to the arrests in Yorkshire.

The two men from the Yorkshire raids were in custody and were due to be taken to a police station in central London.

The spokeswoman added: "The men were arrested at separate houses in Halifax.

"Both premises, plus two others in the area, are currently being searched.

"As part of the same operation, officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command began searching a flat in north London. This search continues."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed the arrests and that four addresses in the Halifax area were being searched but stressed it was a Metropolitan Police-led operation.