Two men arrested over prison officer 'terror attack'

3 March 2020, 07:19

HMP Whitemoor was the location of the alleged attack
HMP Whitemoor was the location of the alleged attack. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of preparing for a terror attack after a prison officer was assaulted in Cambridgeshire.

The pair, aged 24 and 26, were arrested on Monday over the incident at the 458-capacity HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire on January 9, the Metropolitan Police said.

They are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and preparation of a terrorist act under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

A prison officer suffered stab wounds to his head, chest and face during the attack, and four other members of staff suffered stab injuries as they stepped in to help.

The attackers were wearing fake suicide belts and used improvised bladed weapons, police said at the time.

hmpThe two suspects remain in custody at a London police station.