Witnesses have described the tense moment armed police arresting a man over the Liverpool terror attack shouted “he may have a gun in his pocket”.
Four men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act after a car blew up outside a maternity hospital just before 11am on Remembrance Sunday, killing one person and injuring another.
Keith Ford, 47, lives near to the terror suspects and was at home yesterday afternoon unaware of the drama outside until his partner phoned him.
Keith said: “I opened the blinds and police were everywhere. There were two officers with big guns, they looked like machine guns, pointed at the house.
“At some point one of them must have come to the front of the house because I heard the policeman say to him, ‘hands in the air’.
“But he must have refused and gone back into the house because I then heard the policeman say ‘He might have a gun in his pocket’.”
Keith said the first of the suspects emerged from the house at around 3.30pm.
He said: “I saw one of the men come out of the house with his hands in the air. I could only see the back of him.”
Keith said that he thought the men had recently moved into the address.
Another neighbour Matthew Heitman, 26, a freelance lighting engineer, returned home from work at 3pm yesterday to find the street cordoned off.
He too witnessed the arrests.
He said: “From down the street I could hear them shout ‘armed police’. A guy got marched out of the front door at gunpoint. It didn’t look like they were resisting.”
Assistant Chief Constable and Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North West Russ Jackson told a press conference this morning: “Our enquiries have led us to two addresses.
“The first was Sutcliffe Street in the Kensington area of Liverpool and at this location three men aged 21, 26 and 29 were arrested yesterday under S41 of the Terrorism Act.
“A short while ago, again in the Kensington area, a further man aged 20 was arrested under S41 of the Terrorism Act.
“They will be interviewed by Counter Terrorism officers later today.
“The Sutcliffe Street address was searched overnight and further searches will take place today.”