ARMED anti-terrorist police swooped on Kidderminster after a man was found with knives and an axe near the Territorial Army Centre.

The West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit confirmed that a 23-year-old man was arrested last night (Sunday, June 18) by armed police while in the possession of knives and an axe in Birmingham Road.

A spokesman for the unit said: "The arrest took place near a Territorial Army Centre, although there is no suggestion of any threat to that premises at this stage.

"The man remains in custody today (Monday, June 19) and enquiries continue.

"The motives of the man are not yet known; the arrest is being investigated by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, supported by West Mercia Police."

Martin Evans, Assistant Chief Constable for West Mercia Police, said: "On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat and take him into custody.

"I understand that this will be extremely concerning for the residents of Kidderminster, but I would like to reassure you that at this time we believe the suspect was acting alone and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

"At this stage, we do not believe the incident is linked to the tragic events in Finsbury Park, in London, last night."

He added: "I would urge people not to speculate on what happened.

"As I am sure you will appreciate, this is an extremely sensitive investigation but I can assure you that we will make information available as and when it is appropriate.

"In the meantime, we will have additional officers on patrol in Kidderminster to provide reassurance to our communities.

"Our advice to residents remains the same as before - remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious activitity to the police by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.

"In an emergency, always dial 999."