Local families can sleep easier tonight thanks to the amazing work of Greater Manchester Police following the arrest of two men in connection with a counter terrorism investigation in Whitefield.

GMP have now confirmed Hisham Waheed Muhammad of Victoria Avenue, Whitefield has now been charged with engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism and Faisal Ibn al Hajj Muhammad Abu Ahmad, also of Victoria Avenue in Whitefield, has been charged with one count of having information which he knew or believed might be of material assistance in preventing the commission by another person of an act of terrorism and failing to notify the authorities.

The charges are in relation to an investigation that was launched on Monday 4 June 2018 when police received reports that suspicious items had been found at an address on Victoria Avenue.  Children at nearby Whitefield Primary School were on lock down during the arrest and search of the property.  Parents were eventually allowed to collect children, from an alternative route, once the all clear was given.

The investigation has been carried out by detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing North West and at this time there is not considered to be any wider threat to the communities of Greater Manchester.