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A Crawley man was arrested by Sussex Police on suspicion on terrorism offences Getty

A Crawley man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences posed no threat to the UK, police have claimed.

A 40-year-old man was arrested under Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on Wednesday (7 January) and a home in the West Sussex town continues to be searched as part of the investigation.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) and Sussex Police have said the alleged crimes related to offences overseas and the suspect did not pose any threat to the UK.

SECTU and Sussex Police said the arrest was "part of a normal investigation in relation to conflicts overseas and is not linked to any immediate threat to local communities or anywhere else in the UK.

"We are committed to intervening in activities such as this which cause concern to local communities and we will continue to work with our partners and local communities in order to protect them from individuals and organisations which may seek to exploit them for extremist purposes."

Anyone with information on potential radicalisation or extremism is urged to contact police on the 101 number or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.