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Met Police arrest two women on suspicion of terrorism after pair were seen with paraglider pictures taped on their jackets at pro-Palestine protest a fortnight ago


  • Two women who recognised themselves in images came forward to police today
  •  Met Police are still seeking information about a third woman and man 

The Met Police have arrested two women on suspicion of terrorism offences following an incident during a pro-Palestine protest in Trafalgar Square a fortnight ago.

The two women were seen with images of paragliders on their tops on Saturday, 14 October. 

On Friday, the force issued images of three women who they wanted to speak to in connection with an investigation into suspected terrorism offences at a protest earlier this month. 

As a result, two women aged 29 and 44, recognised themselves in the images and went to a police station in south London today. The pair are being held in custody at a station in west London. 

The women were arrested on suspicion of inviting support for a proscribed organisation, contrary to section 12(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000. 

The Met Police are still seeking help to identify a third woman who was seen in footage with an image of a paraglider on her top.

The Met Police have arrested two women on suspicion of terrorism offences following an incident during a protest in Trafalgar Square on 14 October. Pictured: An image from the Pro-Palestinian protest on 14 October

The Met Police have arrested two women on suspicion of terrorism offences following an incident during a protest in Trafalgar Square on 14 October. Pictured: An image from the Pro-Palestinian protest on 14 October

The woman was described by the force as dark skinned and wearing light brown trousers and a long-sleeved red top.

She also had a blue denim jacket tied around her waist – which she later put on over her red top – and was wearing a blue face mask. 

The woman was also wearing a dark scarf around her head and had a dark red shoulder bag.

The force are also seeking assistance to identify a man who was seen holding a placard with the words ‘I fully support Hamas’ on it during a protest on Bond Street on Saturday, 21 October. 

He has been described by police as having short hair, light skin and was wearing a blue jacket with a light top underneath, a light stripy scarf around his neck, and light trousers or jeans. 

Commander Dominic Murphy, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: ‘My officers are working night and day with our colleagues across the country to investigate suspected terrorism offences committed in the real world and online.

‘I am grateful to the public who have reported information to us and I urge anyone who has information about the man and woman we are still seeking to please let us know. If the people in the pictures recognise themselves, I urge them to come forward so we can speak with them.’

Anyone who knows who these people are or has information that could help the investigation is asked to please report it in confidence online at gov.uk/ACT or by calling 0800 789 321.



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