Summary:Three people have been arrested in Amsterdam and London as part of a Europe-wide inquiry into blackmail linked to animal rights extremism.
Three people have been arrested in Amsterdam and London as
part of a Europe-wide inquiry into blackmail linked to animal rights extremism.
A woman, 50, was held in Croydon, south London, on suspicion
of conspiracy to blackmail following her arrest by counter terrorism officers,
A Dutch man and British woman, both aged 25, were arrested
in the Netherlands on suspicion of arson.
Searches are continuing at business addresses linked to all
BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said Scotland Yard
was not revealing who or what the alleged target of the blackmail plot was, but
it is understood it was in the UK.
Sources said the operation was one of the most significant
that police tackling animal rights extremism have conducted for some time, he
It was led by the Metropolitan Police Service Counter
Terrorism Command, in liaison with the National Domestic Extremism Unit and
Dutch National Crime Squad.