Police free 3 arrested in Wales under terror laws
The trio -- two aged 20 and one aged 26, and all asylum seekers -- had been arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000.india Updated: Aug 27, 2005 08:52 IST
Police released three men without charge after they were picked up under British anti-terror laws in a Welsh seaside town that hosts a meeting of EU foreign ministers next week.
The trio -- two aged 20 and one aged 26, and all asylum seekers -- had been arrested on Thursday under the Terrorism Act 2000 and questioned after reports of suspicious activity in Newport.
"We responded swiftly to the information, in light of the current terrorist threat," said a police spokeswoman after it was determined on Friday that the men, who live in Newport, had committed no offence.
Newport, east of the Welsh capital Cardiff, is the venue of an informal meeting of European Union foreign ministers next Thursday and Friday as part of Britain's turn at the rotating EU presidency.
Britain has been on heightened alert since the July 7 bombing of three London subway trains and a double-decker bus that killed 56 people and coincided with the Group of Eight summit of industrialised powers in Scotland.
First Published: Aug 27, 2005 08:52 IST