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M65 three released without charge

Norville B | 20.02.2009 12:51 | Palestine | Terror War

The arrests of the nine "terror" suspects on the Palestine convoy got plentiful publicity. The fact none of them ended up getting charged received less so.

The three men detained by police under the terrorist act after being arrested in the Palestine convoy on the M65 have been released without charge.

(Only mention this because I've not seen it posted on Indymedia yet - apologies if it's just a refresh issue and someone's posted this as well)

The original arrest got widespread media publicity - as far as I can see so far the Independent is the only paper that has mentioned today that the police let all those detained off.

Here's the police statement. Shame there's no apology for the bad publicity caused.


Men arrested under the Terrorism Act released without charge

19 February 09


Three men arrested on Friday 13th February 2009 on the M65 in Lancashire under the Terrorism Act, have been released without charge.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke, Lancashire Constabulary’s lead for Counter Terrorism, said: “Lancashire Constabulary, with the support of the North West Counter Terrorism Branch, will robustly investigate any information that is passed to us about possible terrorist activity and if necessary take action.

“Terrorism affects us all and protecting the safety of the public is of paramount importance. Security for our communities is our highest priority and sometimes we have to make arrests

“We will continue to do our utmost to help people recognise signs of suspicious behaviour so that they in turn can help defeat terrorism.

“I would also like to thank local residents who have been affected by this operation for their support and patience during what has been an understandably difficult time.

“I would ask that our communities continue to be vigilant and work with us by reporting any suspicious behaviour to their local police officers or by calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or by logging on to”

Norville B