A Sussex man is one of two men to have been arrested by terror police investigating an explosion after a ULEZ camera was cut down in Sidcup earlier this month.
The Metropolitan Police said: “Detectives investigating an explosion in Sidcup where a ULEZ camera and surrounding property were damaged have arrested two men.
“The arrests were made on Monday 18 December by detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command which is leading the investigation due to its expertise in incidents involving explosives.
“A 60-year-old man in Sidcup was arrested at approximately 6.10am on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or property, contrary to section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
“A 61-year-old man was also arrested in Horsham at approximately 6.15am on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or property, and criminal damage, contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
“Both men remain in custody at a south London police station and searches are ongoing at two addresses in Sidcup and Horsham.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, commander for the Bexley area, said: “The explosion could easily have had far more harmful consequences and today’s arrests highlight just how seriously the Met is treating the incident.
“My local officers are continuing to work with and support the Counter Terrorism Command who are leading the investigation due to their specialism in dealing with incidents involving the use of explosives.”
Police were called to reports of an explosion on Willersley Avenue, Sidcup, at about 6.45pm on Wednesday 6 December.
The Met said: “We believe that a ULEZ camera – which had been installed on the road earlier that day – was cut down at around 5.15pm that afternoon.
“An explosion occurred around 90 minutes later, caused by a low-sophistication improvised explosive device.
“The arrests today are a significant step forward in this investigation.
“Nevertheless the Counter Terrorism Command is continuing to appeal for the public to share any information that may help the investigation.
“In particular, we are keen that people who drove or cycled in Willersley Avenue between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 December share with the investigation team any camera footage they may have.
“Footage can be uploaded at ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk – please select the incident Explosion in Sidcup.
“Anyone with other information that could assist the investigation is urged to share it via the same website or by calling 101 and quoting CAD 5819/06DEC.”