Police from the South East Counter Terrorist Unit are today, Tuesday 20 May, searching four addresses in the Brighton and Hove area, with search warrants issued by Magistrates under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Material is being taken away for examination, but no arrests are anticipated today in connection with enquiries into the reported death of Abdullah Deghayes in Syria last month
Local officers are helping to provide security outside the premises, as well as offer reassurance.
Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, Brighton and Hove Divisional Commander, said;
“This is a necessary part of our continuing work to safeguard communities locally and nationally, including those who have links to Syria. Every step is being taken to ensure the operation is carried out sensitively, thoroughly and professionally.
It is an important, for strong operational reasons, that we carry out these searches as part of our ongoing enquiries into events in Syria.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice is that the whole of Syria is unsafe and people should not travel there. The best way to show support for those suffering in Syria is through registered charities and the Home Office have produced guidance to assist with this.