Sellafield terrorist suspects released without charge

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FIVE men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences outside the Sellafield nuclear site have today been released without charge following more 24 hours of police investigations and questioning.

The group walked free from a Greater Manchester police station after anti-terror officers finished an extensive interviewing process to try to piece together why the east Londoners were in a car next to West Cumbria’s plutonium processing site, just after 4.30pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

Four of the men’s homes were searched yesterday by forensic investigators, who had seized several items from the properties for closer inspection.

News sources reported that the five, who were arrested within five kilometres of the plant, were Bangladeshi and has allegedly attracted police attention after being witnessed taking photographs of the site.

Sources also said the men had told police they were misdirected by their car's satnav system, after they were spotted more than 250 miles from home.

Counter terrorism officers initially detained the London group, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act after a routine vehicle check close to the west Cumbria facility, leading many to falsely speculate that the five were attempting a large scale attack on the plutonium processing site.

The arrests took place just hours after the death of the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was announced, although at the time Greater Manchester Police officers said they did not believe the incident was linked to recent events in Pakistan.

They added that the arrests were not intelligence-led and, instead, were part of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary's scheduled vehicle checks.

These take place as part of Sellafield's security programme.

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5:51pm Wed 4 May 11

'AlucarD' says...

Why would 5 Muslims of Bangladesh Stock be 250 miles from their homes visiting a British Nuclear Plant? One would not go that far just to take Photographs. It's the last place I would go on a Bank Holiday.

The arrests took place just hours after the death of the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was announced,

Although the police could not proceed with their arrests, hopefully they will keep a close eye on these 5 Muslims? I wouldn't trust them and anyone that knows these 5 please be very weary of them.
Why would 5 Muslims of Bangladesh Stock be 250 miles from their homes visiting a British Nuclear Plant? One would not go that far just to take Photographs. It's the last place I would go on a Bank Holiday. The arrests took place just hours after the death of the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was announced, Although the police could not proceed with their arrests, hopefully they will keep a close eye on these 5 Muslims? I wouldn't trust them and anyone that knows these 5 please be very weary of them. 'AlucarD'

6:28pm Wed 4 May 11

RAyzer says...

lets hope they sort some of our home grown scum bags...cut the dole cue down and stop all the anti-west vile.
lets hope they sort some of our home grown scum bags...cut the dole cue down and stop all the anti-west vile. RAyzer

6:47pm Wed 4 May 11

Lakeuk says...

How do you know they're muslim

Sellafield is on the edge of the Lake District, there are many legitimate reasons for taking photos in the area on a holiday weekend
How do you know they're muslim Sellafield is on the edge of the Lake District, there are many legitimate reasons for taking photos in the area on a holiday weekend Lakeuk

7:25pm Wed 4 May 11

Graham Hartley says...

Given this report, are we not perilously close to an offence of travelling whilst being Asian?
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Notwithstanding satnav errors there are entirely legitimate reasons to visit that part of Cumbria. Until very recently there was the attraction of Sellafield Visitor Centre: it closed in April this year. Yet to anyone with an interest in the physics an approach to the site as close as allowed is a fascinating insight: the presence of a few tens of tons of heavy radioactives commands use of miles of razor wire, lead for shielding humans (essential) and for shooting them (not essential) and enough political and financial capital to make the enterprise work smoothly enough, on most occasions.
Given this report, are we not perilously close to an offence of travelling whilst being Asian? . Notwithstanding satnav errors there are entirely legitimate reasons to visit that part of Cumbria. Until very recently there was the attraction of Sellafield Visitor Centre: it closed in April this year. Yet to anyone with an interest in the physics an approach to the site as close as allowed is a fascinating insight: the presence of a few tens of tons of heavy radioactives commands use of miles of razor wire, lead for shielding humans (essential) and for shooting them (not essential) and enough political and financial capital to make the enterprise work smoothly enough, on most occasions. Graham Hartley

8:51pm Wed 4 May 11

marianneb says...

Who needs terrorists when the UK government is spending £millions on persuading Cumbrians to dump high level radioactive wastes underneath us?
Who needs terrorists when the UK government is spending £millions on persuading Cumbrians to dump high level radioactive wastes underneath us? marianneb

9:09pm Wed 4 May 11

love not hate says...

the ''NEWS'' is they have been released without charge,but some ppl dont want to accept it,they want to impose their own law.....i would advise them to stop reading daily star or daily express and start reading some quality newspaper
the ''NEWS'' is they have been released without charge,but some ppl dont want to accept it,they want to impose their own law.....i would advise them to stop reading daily star or daily express and start reading some quality newspaper love not hate

9:51pm Wed 4 May 11

wezzyk says...

They could have got some really good photos of sellafield off the internet instead and saved a few quid on fuel and a bit of 'carbon reducing thinking' instead.
Hopefully they are a bunch of crafty thieves and will soon be back to nick off with all the radioactive waste weve been dumping under our feet for god knows how long and sell it on ebay as green slime for a bob or two, or maybe not.
They could have got some really good photos of sellafield off the internet instead and saved a few quid on fuel and a bit of 'carbon reducing thinking' instead. Hopefully they are a bunch of crafty thieves and will soon be back to nick off with all the radioactive waste weve been dumping under our feet for god knows how long and sell it on ebay as green slime for a bob or two, or maybe not. wezzyk

10:39pm Wed 4 May 11

Lifeinthemix says...

are they getting you ready for a nuclear false flag here in Blighty?
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this is how they script write to prepare you, and of course would be just the ticket to activate the contingency system....
are they getting you ready for a nuclear false flag here in Blighty? . this is how they script write to prepare you, and of course would be just the ticket to activate the contingency system.... Lifeinthemix

5:57am Thu 5 May 11

Excluded again says...

Sellafield has a visitor centre - they encourage visitors to come there. It is a major tourist attraction on the West Cumbria coast.

So a group of five blokes with an unhealthy level of interest in power stations and the like? Maybe train spotters on a day off?
Sellafield has a visitor centre - they encourage visitors to come there. It is a major tourist attraction on the West Cumbria coast. So a group of five blokes with an unhealthy level of interest in power stations and the like? Maybe train spotters on a day off? Excluded again

6:28am Thu 5 May 11

Graham Hartley says...

"Sellafield has a visitor centre - they encourage visitors to come there."
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What remains of the visitor area will disappoint any visitor who arrived before it became a conference facility. From the website - "At its peak, the Visitors' Centre attracted an average of 1,000 people per day. In recent years, its popularity has deteriorated, prompting the change from tourist attraction to conference facility."
"Sellafield has a visitor centre - they encourage visitors to come there." . What remains of the visitor area will disappoint any visitor who arrived before it became a conference facility. From the website - "At its peak, the Visitors' Centre attracted an average of 1,000 people per day. In recent years, its popularity has deteriorated, prompting the change from tourist attraction to conference facility." Graham Hartley

9:44pm Thu 5 May 11

BentheBorderCollie says...

I can just picture the Pointy Headed Boss booking Sellafield Conference Centre for an awayday for Dilbert & Co ... classic
I can just picture the Pointy Headed Boss booking Sellafield Conference Centre for an awayday for Dilbert & Co ... classic BentheBorderCollie

6:27am Fri 6 May 11

none says...

Here we go again lots of ill-educated fools prattling on about things they don't understand.
1-Excluded again, Sellafield Visitor centre closed several years ago.
2-Marianneb, not everything is about you.
3-lifeinthemix, grow up.
4-Lakeuk, don't be so naive!
Here we go again lots of ill-educated fools prattling on about things they don't understand. 1-Excluded again, Sellafield Visitor centre closed several years ago. 2-Marianneb, not everything is about you. 3-lifeinthemix, grow up. 4-Lakeuk, don't be so naive! none

10:47pm Sat 7 May 11

woolywords says...

this,none event, is so full of tripe, that it desreves a place in the now defunct market.
Am I so grossly deluded to think that, 5 Bangladeshi men could ever hope to gain access to CalderHall/Windscale
/Sellafield, then steal enough nuclear materials, for them to make a bomb?

They had thier homes raided, were interviewed by the anti-terrorist plod.

Shhh, Eric Blair, stop laughing..this isn't 1984
It's rampant paranoia, to prove to the masses that, Government knows best..

The fact that the IRA managed to produce bombs, created from farmyard stuff, is of no consequence.

Am I supposed to believe that terrorists have found a 'magic' way of combining U-238 and U-235, under a compression detonation, from visiting Sellafield?
When, in reality, both Pakistan and India have tested nuclear weapons, in the face of the 'Test ban treaty'..

The police would be better served by raiding me, for I have both the knowledge, and access to, bomb making materials.
God help you all, if, perchance they find a certain mould in my fridge..
Combined with chemicals under my sink, am a true scary person..
And on my pc, the means to make it all

Goverments engender fear, to allow them to spend, without you asking why.
You accept the reality of CCTV, yet query why, when crimes are commited, they fail to catch any criminals..

And the point is..?
this,none event, is so full of tripe, that it desreves a place in the now defunct market. Am I so grossly deluded to think that, 5 Bangladeshi men could ever hope to gain access to CalderHall/Windscale /Sellafield, then steal enough nuclear materials, for them to make a bomb? They had thier homes raided, were interviewed by the anti-terrorist plod. Shhh, Eric Blair, stop laughing..this isn't 1984 It's rampant paranoia, to prove to the masses that, Government knows best.. The fact that the IRA managed to produce bombs, created from farmyard stuff, is of no consequence. Am I supposed to believe that terrorists have found a 'magic' way of combining U-238 and U-235, under a compression detonation, from visiting Sellafield? When, in reality, both Pakistan and India have tested nuclear weapons, in the face of the 'Test ban treaty'.. The police would be better served by raiding me, for I have both the knowledge, and access to, bomb making materials. God help you all, if, perchance they find a certain mould in my fridge.. Combined with chemicals under my sink, am a true scary person.. And on my pc, the means to make it all Goverments engender fear, to allow them to spend, without you asking why. You accept the reality of CCTV, yet query why, when crimes are commited, they fail to catch any criminals.. And the point is..? woolywords

9:16pm Sun 8 May 11

none says...

woolywords, the reason you are so deluded is because you presume to know the ins and outs of the incident based on nothing but brief media reports and your own self delusions. They were trying to 'gain entry' were they? I realise that by responding to you I am fueling your desperate need for attention but really!
woolywords, the reason you are so deluded is because you presume to know the ins and outs of the incident based on nothing but brief media reports and your own self delusions. They were trying to 'gain entry' were they? I realise that by responding to you I am fueling your desperate need for attention but really! none

9:34pm Sun 8 May 11

Graham Hartley says...

Wooly - it is an offence under part VI section 54 of the terrorism Act 2000 to provide, offer to provide or to receive instruction in the making or use of firearms, radioactive material, explosives, and chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
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That does it for you, wolly. Tell the police your real name and provide your address, mentioning your correspondence here.
Wooly - it is an offence under part VI section 54 of the terrorism Act 2000 to provide, offer to provide or to receive instruction in the making or use of firearms, radioactive material, explosives, and chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. . That does it for you, wolly. Tell the police your real name and provide your address, mentioning your correspondence here. Graham Hartley

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