Oct 15 2013
Detectives will today continue to question a group of suspected Islamist terrorists amid fears the men were plotting to launch an attack in Britain.
Dramatic CCTV footage has emerged of one of a series of arrests across London, in which counter-terror police are seen tackling a suspect on the upmarket Westbourne Grove in west London.
The black-and-white footage, captured by the 65 & King bar and obtained by ITV News, shows a number of officers wrestle to the ground the 28-year-old man, a British national of Azerbaijani origin, outside the Planet Organic stores around 7pm on Sunday night before four cars swoop in.
At the same time, a rmed police fired special ammunition - designed to breach doors or burst tyres - to stop a car on Mansell Street, near the Tower of London, and arrested two men, both aged 25. One is a British national of Turkish origin, while the other is a British national of Algerian origin.
A 29-year-old, a British national of Pakistani origin, was also held in Peckham Street, south-east London, during the MI5-assisted operation.
All the men have been detained on the suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, Scotland Yard said, and are being quizzed at a south London police station.
And as six addresses and two vehicles across the capital continue to be searched by the Metropolitan Police, further eyewitness reports have emerged.
City of London councillor John Fletcher, whose apartment backs on to Mansell Street, said he heard two loud bangs which he initially thought were fireworks.
He said it was not until his wife told him about the commotion on the street and he went to investigate that he realised the seriousness of the situation.
Mr Fletcher said he then realised the two loud bangs were related to the arrest, but could not say for sure what they were.
Neighbour Catherine Delgado, 43, saw the incident and said about "five or six" cars swarmed over one vehicle, blocking off the street in the process.
Ms Delgado said police, some in special uniforms, began shouting at the driver to get out of the vehicle, but he was refusing.
She also recalled hearing two loud bangs, but was unable to say whether shots were fired.
Ramin Massodi described the suspect arrested in the upmarket Westbourne Grove raid as "handsome".
Mr Massodi, who witnessed the drama unfold from inside the Persian restaurant where he works, added: "He definitely didn't look like a terrorist at all."
He said police came into the restaurant and apprehended another man, but later released him without charge.
The restaurant worker said the arrested man had been swooped on by specialist officers in several cars who pushed him up against the glass of the restaurant.
"I heard shouting then I looked outside and saw four cars... and they grabbed him," he said.
Neighbour George Paul, who lived across the street from the restaurant, said he was sitting in his flat when he head the commotion outside.
"I poked my head out the window - it was dark - but I could clearly see at least three cars," he said.
"They were stopping traffic in all directions. There were two policemen on top of a guy, pinning him down and from what I may have heard, the assailant said in maybe a foreign accent 'please don't break my arm'."
Mr Paul said officers then cuffed the man and pressed him against the restaurant wall.
The street where the man was arrested in Notting Hill is lined with restaurants and boutiques.