COUNTER terrorism officers are investigating the discovery of chemicals and guns at addresses in West Yorkshire.
The Leeds-based North East Counter Terrorism Unit leading the investigation and two arrests have been made.
Police attended an address on Halifax Road in Dewsbury at 2pm yesterday afternoon in connection with suspected drug offences.
A search of the property was carried out a number of chemicals were found.
A further address at Penn Drive, Liversedge has also been searched as part of the investigation. During the search a number of chemicals were found together with suspected firearms and other potentially suspicious items.
Examinations of the chemicals and potentially suspicious items are underway.
A 43 year old man from Liversedge has been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Produce Class A Drugs, offences under the Explosives Act and Firearms offences.
A 42 year old man from Dewsbury has been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Produce Class A Drugs and offences under the Explosives Act.
Both men remain in custody.
The North East Counter Terrorism Unit are leading this investigation supported by West Yorkshire Police.
Superintendent Julie Sykes from Kirklees Division said: “We recognise that local people may have concerns as a result of this activity and would like to reassure them that the property is not believed to present any risk to local residents.
“During searches at the property, public safety has remained the priority of investigating officers. To ensure the best possible protection, specialist officers will continually assess the situation. If at any point the material is believed to present a risk to local people, the necessary safety measures will be activated immediately. However, at no stage has this property been a risk to surrounding residents.
“I am grateful for the patience and understanding of people locally.”