Eccles nail bomb scare: Teen soldier arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. The 19-year-old was taken into military custody in Germany, where he is serving, after the device was found in Eccles. He was arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing explosives, firearms and ammunition

 Police at the scene in Eccles

Police at the scene in Eccles

A teenage soldier has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a nail bomb was discovered in a terraced house.

The 19-year-old was taken into military custody in Germany, where he is serving, after the device was found in Eccles. He was arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing explosives, firearms and ammunition.

It is understood that extreme right wing leaflets were also discovered in the house during a raid last Friday which led to the evacuation of  residents.

A counter terrorism investigation and a probe by the Royal Military Police is now taking place into the incident.

An Army spokesman said: “The Royal Military Police have arrested a serving soldier on suspicion of the unlawful possession of explosives, firearms, and ammunition. He was arrested in Paderborn, Germany.

“The arrest is linked to the discovery of a suspicious device in Salford on November 28. The Royal Military Police are working closely with Greater Manchester Police.”

 On Monday night the soldier was flown back from Germany and handed over to GMP.

As reported in the M.E.N, roads were sealed off in the Patricroft area of Eccles after the device was found in a house in Mellor Street.

The alert began when officers arrived at the house with a warrant to search the premises as part of an investigation into abusive images.

After the discovery of the bomb, a cordon was put in place by police and 30 residents evacuated into the nearby Lewis Street Primary School. Army bomb disposal officers were called in to remove the bomb.

A GMP spokesman said: “A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Section 57 of the Terrorism Act. He remains in police custody for questioning. Shortly before 1.30pm on Thursday, November 28, a warrant was executed at an address in Mellor Street, Patricroft.

“A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of abusive images and was bailed pending further enquiries.

“During a search of the property on Mellor Street a suspicious device was found. Specialist officers assessed the device and were later able to confirm it was no longer a threat to the community.

“Several items of literature which could be viewed by some as potentially inflammatory were found at the address.”

Section 57 of the Terrorism Act says a person commits an offence if ‘he possesses an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for the purpose connected with the commission, preparation, or instigation of an act of terrorism’.

It carries a maximum jail term of ten years.

Greater Manchester Police have this morning confirmed the 19-year-old man has now been bailed until January.

From The Manchester Evening News . Report by  04.12.13

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