A man has been arrested by counter terror police on suspicion of blowing up an Ultra Low Emission Zone camera.

The 61-year-old from Horsham was among two men arrested in dawn raids by the Metropolitan Police earlier today.

Both were held by the counter terrorism unit after an explosion destroyed a Ulez camera in Sidcup and damaged nearby property earlier this month.

Met Police DCS Trevor Lawry said: “The explosion could easily have had far more harmful consequences and today’s arrests highlight just how seriously the Met is treating the incident.

“My officers are continuing to work with and support the Counter Terrorism Command who are leading the investigation due to their specialism in dealing with incidents involving the use of explosives.”

A Ulez camera was cut down and blown up in Sidcup on December 6. Officers believe a “low sophistication improvised explosive device” was used.


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The camera was installed earlier that day.

The expanded Ulez in London has proved controversial after it was put in place by London Mayor Sadiq Khan earlier this year.

A Met spokesman said a 61-year-old man from Horsham was arrested at around 6.15am this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or property and criminal damage.

He remains in a South London police station while searches are ongoing in Horsham.

Anyone with other information that could assist the investigation is urged to report it via the Met Police website or by calling 101 and quoting CAD 5819/06DEC.