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Default Ten men arrested in terror raids - 04-09-2009, 01:32 AM

Ten men have been arrested as part of a counter-terrorism operation across the north west of England.

The BBC has learned addresses are being raided by officers in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester.

Counter-terrorism officers also targeted a building at Liverpool John Moores University and a guest house in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Officers from the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit carried out the raids with support from other forces.

Merseyside Police, Greater Manchester Police and Lancashire Constabulary are helping carry out the series of raids which were launched on Wednesday afternoon.

It is thought the raids were brought forward following a security leak earlier on Wednesday.

Cameras pictured Britain's most senior counter terrorism police officer, Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, clutching sensitive documents as he arrived in Downing Street.


Among the papers under his arm was a white document clearly marked "secret" and carrying an outline briefing on an ongoing counter-terrorism operation.

The information included the names of several senior officers, locations and details about the nature of the overseas threat.

On Wednesday evening he apologised, saying he "deeply regretted" leaving the document on show.

BBC correspondent Nick Ravenscroft said a Greater Manchester Police spokesman would not comment when asked whether the police action was in response to a suspected terrorist operation in the UK or overseas.

Nor would he be drawn on whether the suspected threat was imminent, saying only that the police had taken action at an "appropriate" time, our correspondent said.


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