Welwyn Garden City man charged with terrorism offences

PUBLISHED: 13:08 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 02 October 2017

Longcroft Lane, Welwyn Garden City. Picture Credit: Google Street View.

Longcroft Lane, Welwyn Garden City. Picture Credit: Google Street View.

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A Welwyn Garden City man has been charged with several terrorism-related offences following a raid in the town.

Herts Police and firearms officers supported the Eastern Region Counter Terrorism Policing Command while executing a search warrant at a Longcroft Lane home on Friday, September 29.

Longcroft Lane resident Warren Sneddon, 44, was subsequently charged with several offences.

They included Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883, which relates to the making or possession of explosives under suspicious circumstances, as well as three offences under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which relate to publications likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He was also charged with possession of a firearm without a licence and the cultivation of cannabis.

Sneddon has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (Monday, October 2).

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: “We want to reassure the community that we are not seeking anyone else in connection with these offences, and this is being treated as an isolated case.

“Due to the swift policing response, there was not any immediate danger to local residents or the wider public.

“Hertfordshire Constabulary continue to work closely with Counter Terrorism Policing to keep the public safe.

“Our security measures and activities are under constant review and we urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed.”

She urged anyone with concerns about suspicious activity to contact 101, or 999 in the case of an emergency.

Residents can also report specific concerns to the anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321.

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