Man arrested after finding uranium at London’s Heathrow airport

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The man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism, police said. (representative)

A man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with an investigation linked to the finding of traces of uranium in a cargo package at London’s Heathrow Airport, Britain’s Metropolitan Police said on Sunday.

The man was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of terrorism and has been released on bail as part of the investigation, police said.

A very small amount of uranium was discovered in a package that arrived at Heathrow Airport on December 29.

Richard Smith, head of London Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said that despite the arrest, the incident “does not appear to be related to any immediate threat to the public”.

Officers attended an address in Cheshire yesterday and the man was taken to a police station in North West England and was released on bail today until an April date.

Uranium can be used for civilian power generation and scientific purposes and is an important ingredient in nuclear weapons. Certain isotopes emit radiation that can be harmful to humans, and the metal itself is toxic if swallowed or inhaled.

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