Detectives have searched an address in Carmarthenshire, Wales in connection with the attack on Westminster, which took place in the afternoon on the 22nd March.
The Metropolitan Police have searched one individual address in Carmarthen as well as three in Birmingham and one in London. The police have searched these addresses, as intelligence believes they are crucially linked to the Westminster attacks.
In a statement the police force said: “Overnight our colleagues from the Metropolitan Police have searched a number of addresses across the country and have made a number of arrests in connection with the [Westminster] incident, including addresses in Birmingham.
However, they added: “The arrests and searches were intelligence led and there was no immediate risk to public safety.”
The attacks on Westminster killed four people, including a police officer and at least 40 people were seriously injured. A lone assailant -now named as Khalid Masood – was inspired by the so-called Islamic State with the intention of causing mass terror. Masood drove a 4×4 car over the Westminster Bridge mowing down dozens of pedestrians as he drove onto the pavement before killing a police officer with a knife in the grounds of Parliament. On 23rd March, the so-called Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack via a jihadist news site Amaq.
Following the initial aftermath of the attack, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations Mark Rowley stated “We need the public’s help. The police are the public and the public are the police. I would urge anyone in this great city, if they are concerned or worried, about anything to approach a police officer and talk to them.”
The attacks have prompted a positive response on social media with the spread of the hastags #PrayforLondon and #WeAreNotAfraid in an attempt to unite the country in the wake of such a horrendous incident.