Three arrests under Terrorism Act

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Three men have been arrested in Manchester for alleged terrorism-related activity.

The three were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 and a fourth man was arrested under immigration legislation.

Police said they took action following information they received about alleged terrorist activity and of the existence of a potential threat.

A spokeswoman said police officers took action on Wednesday afternoon to ensure public safety.

The arrests were made at 1320 BST during searches at two properties.

Minimising impact

Three men were arrested at Stockport Road, Longsight, and a fourth was arrested at Hamilton Road, Longsight.

The investigation is being led by officers from Greater Manchester Police's Counter Terrorism Unit.

A police spokeswoman said: "Public safety is of paramount importance and it has therefore been necessary to take the action today.

"There are no links to any recent incidents or investigations. Six officers made the arrests, and no armed officers were involved."

Police said the operation aimed to minimise the impact on the local community.

People living in the area were being kept informed of developments and local officers were arranging to meet community leaders, police said.