Counter-terror police have arrested three people for Syria-related offences in a raids as part of separate investigations in London and Birmingham on Tuesday (17 May 2016). Officers arrested a 21-year-old man in the Handsworth area of Birmingham on suspicion of planning to travel to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis), West Midlands Police said in a statement.

A force spokesman said: "Officers are this morning continuing to carry out searches at the address. The arrest was pre-planned and intelligence-led. There was no immediate threat to public safety."

In a separate operation, officers from Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command arrested two men in south London for allegedly raising money for terrorism in Syria, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The suspects, both aged 24, were taken to police stations in south London while officers searched their homes and two other residential addresses in the same area.

A Met Police spokesman said that the force would not disclose the location of the arrests while searches were ongoing.