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Police seize van and cars in Birmingham

Press Association logoPress Association 24/03/2017

Three vehicles have been seized by police after an armed raid in Birmingham linked to the Westminster terror attack.

A van and two cars were taken away on recovery trucks from a three-storey home in Winson Green, where a man was reportedly arrested by police early on Thursday.

The house, which is still be examined by search teams, is on the same estate as a three-storey townhouse thought to have been occupied by Westminster attacker Khalid Masood.

A white Ford Ka, a silver BMW estate car and a red Renault Kangoo were recovered from the scene on Friday afternoon, shortly after police officers emerged from the property carrying a plastic box.

Residents claimed armed officers had forced their way in to the property at about 6.30am on Thursday.

Next-door neighbour Shekila Sahota said a man, thought to be in his 40s or 50s, had lived at the address with several young women for about a year.

"They were very, very quiet people and I never saw them together. But he used to make a lot of trips up and down the road and he sold cars from here," Ms Sahota, 48, said.

"The police knocked the door in at about 6.30 and you could hear them shouting 'Open' and 'Clear' and 'Get down'.

"The man they led away was put in the van straight away and he had a big smirk on his face when they took him away."

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