UK counter-terrorism police: man arrested with suspicious device at hospital

UK counter-terrorism police: man arrested with suspicious device at hospital
By Reuters
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LONDON – British police said on Friday they had arrested a 27-year-old man who was found with a suspected firearm and suspicious device in the grounds of a hospital in Leeds in northern England.

Earlier on Friday police said the emergency services had been called after a suspicious package was found outside the maternity wing of St James’s Hospital, and some people had been evacuated from the area.

“A 27-year-old man from Leeds was arrested on suspicion of firearms and explosives offences, after being found in possession of a suspected firearm and a suspicious device in the hospital grounds,” Counter Terrorism Policing North East said in a statement.

“He was detained for questioning and remains in custody at this time.”

Searches of a vehicle and a number of premises are ongoing, they added.

Police said the incident was being treated as isolated and they did not believe there was any ongoing risk to public safety.

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