Two arrested in UK over Syria-related terrorism

Police hold man and woman accused of preparing to commit terrorism offences

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Floral tributes are left for Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who were killed in a terror attack, on December 2, 2019 in London, England. Usman Khan, a 28 year old former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences, killed two people in Fishmongers' Hall at the North end of London Bridge on Friday, November 29, before continuing his attack on the bridge. Mr Khan was restrained and disarmed by members of the public before being shot by armed police. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

British police have arrested two people on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism.

A man, 32, and a woman, 31, were arrested in the south-east coastal town of Dover, accused of preparing to commit terrorism offences. The man was also held on suspicion of supporting terrorism.

Police said the arrests were not linked to the London Bridge terror attack on November 29 but did not give further details. It said the arrests were a result of an intelligence-led operation that was under way before the attacks.

There has been a continuing police crackdown on former terrorist prisoners after the London Bridge attacks.

Usman Khan, the knifeman who killed two people before he was shot dead by police, was released last year, half-way through a 16-year jail term for plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange.

Two people have already been returned to prison to serve their full terms after breaching conditions under which they were allowed out of jail.

The government said 74 prisoners who served terms for terrorism were freed early.