Neighbour says she had ‘suspicions’ following anti-terrorism raids

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The neighbour of a property raided by counter terrorism police has claimed she ‘had suspicions’ about those who lived there.

Two men in their 20s were arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related offences on Monday morning after two properties were searched.

Members of the East Counter Terrorism Counter Investigation Unit executed warrants at around 6.30am in Bedford.

Both men were released on police bail after being interviewed and property was also seized from the addresses on Victoria Road and Moor Lane.

Today, a neighbour of one of the homes, which has now been boarded up, said they seemed a nice family but she had had her suspicions.

She said: “I am quite shocked at this news but I did have some suspicions about them.

“Not hard suspicions, only slight, but they were there.

“Quite a few times I saw someone arrive at the house around midnight and they would go and sit and have a conversation in a car.

“I thought it was a little strange but I have done that before and I’m sure other people have, it doesn’t have to mean anything.”

She added: “They seemed a nice family,I used to talk to the older brother quite a bit, I would consider him a friend.

“He used to help me with my gardening and would give me advice about doing up my property.

“He moved out about a year ago but he still comes back to visit. I haven’t seen him for a while now though.”

She said believes an older women lives in the property with two young men and two young children but did not know their names.

The neighbour said: “They go to the mosque every Friday. I don’t speak to the people that live there now, it was only the elder brother.

“I saw about three or four police cars on Monday at about noon when I left to go into town and they were still there at about 4pm when I came back.

“The house has been boarded up so I just thought it was a burglary.”

Bedfordshire Police have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the National Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.