Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after uranium found at Heathrow

A businessman has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism over an alleged attempt to import radioactive uranium into the UK. The British citizen was detained by

counter-terrorism police after the discovery of traces of uranium at Heathrow Airport just after Christmas, in a consignment of scrap metal intended for an Iranian registered

business based in the UK. He was questioned under section nine of the Terrorism Act 2006, which created an offence “of making or possessing a radioactive device or

possessing radioactive material with the intention of using it” in the commission or preparation of an act of terrorism. The use of the section is incredibly rare. On

Sunday, police insisted they had found no evidence of a plot and said that the incident was not believed to be linked to any direct threat to the public. The arrest of the

man, who is in his 60s, could impact already heightened tensions between London and Tehran following the execution of a British-Iranian dual national charged with spying for

MI6. The Iranian regime has also been accused by British intelligence services of being behind at least 10 plots to murder or kidnap opponents on UK streets in the last

year.  It follows a suppression of a wave of protests in Iran that followed the death in custody of a young woman who had refused to wear a headscarf. The UK is

expected in the coming weeks to sanction the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is accused of sponsoring terrorist activity abroad. The execution of Alireza

Akbari, a former Iranian deputy defence minister with dual UK nationality, prompted the Foreign Secretary to summon Iran’s charge d'affaires to register his “disgust”.