Man detained following discovery of uranium at Heathrow Airport

Following the discovery of uranium traces at Heathrow Airport in December, a man in his 60s has been detained on suspicion of committing a terrorism offense, according to Scotland Yard.

It follows a Saturday address search in Cheshire by anti-terrorism officers.

The individual was detained under Terrorism Act of 2006 Section 9, which deals with the creation and ownership of radioactive devices.

He was given a bail extension till April.

According to Commander Richard Smith of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, the event “still does not appear to be linked to any direct threat to the public” based on what is now known.

He stated that police were still looking into the matter to “make sure this is absolutely the case.”

Police reported that they had finished searching the Cheshire property and had not discovered anything that would pose a threat to the public.

On December 29, while conducting a normal inspection of a consignment of scrap metal, Border Force agents found the radioactive material.

A naturally occurring element is uranium. Once it has been enriched or purified, it can be used for nuclear purposes. Utilizing centrifuges, which are fast-spinning machines, allows for this.

Commercial nuclear power stations can be fueled with low-enriched uranium.

Research reactors use highly enriched uranium, which has a purity of 20% or higher. 90% or more of uranium used in weapons is enriched.

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