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London Olympics: heightened vigilance leads to 7 more arrests

Ahead of the London Olympics, seven men were arrested after a car-load of guns was found in northern England. The UK's national threat level warns of a 'strong possibility' of a terrorist attack.

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Two tourists stand under Union flag umbrellas as they take pictures from London Bridge, of Tower Bridge adorned with the Olympic rings, on a wet summer's morning in central London on Friday, July 6.

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Seven men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses in Britain after weapons were found in a vehicle stopped on a motorway, police said on Friday, as security forces are on high alert ahead of the London Olympics.

The vehicle was pulled over in a routine stop on the M1 motorway in South Yorkshirenorthern England, on Saturday and impounded on suspicion of the driver having no insurance.

Firearms, other weapons and other unspecified material were later found inside which prompted police to trace and arrest the driver, passenger, and other suspects.

"As soon as the items were discovered in the impounded vehicle, our priority was to protect the public by pursuing and arresting those we believed to be involved," said Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, Head of the West Midlands region's Counter Terrorism Unit.

A police source said there was nothing to suggest any link to the Olympics, which start in three weeks' time.

Six men, all aged in their 20s and from the city of Birmingham in central England, were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a 43-year-old from northern England was held on Thursday, all on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism.

There were no further details about what the men were suspected of planning or the weapons found.

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