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Counter-terror police arrest five ‘Algerian’ street cleaners in dawn raid over alleged plot to attack the Pope on UK visit

Daily Mail [1]
Friday, September 17, 2010

Police arrested five street cleaners in a dawn raid today after receiving information they were allegedly plotting to harm the Pope.

The suspects were arrested by Scotland Yard at 5.45am at business premises in the centre of London and are now being questioned by counter-terror detectives.

They were working for Veolia Environmental Services, a contractor which employs 650 on-street staff to keep Westminster’s streets clean.



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Searches are underway at properties across the capital but Benedict XVI’s schedule in the city is currently continuing as planned.

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His security was reviewed following the arrests but so far it has not been altered and he went ahead with a service and appearance in Twickenham, west London, this morning.

The men, aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50, were arrested by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command as their shift was about to start.

Full story here. [1]