Police find new 'suspicious item' in probe of subway alert

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Posted: Oct 22, 2016 1:00 PM

LONDON (AP) — Counterterrorism police investigating a suspicious package discovered on a London subway train said Saturday that they have found another suspicious item in a property 200 miles (320 kilometers) away.

London's Metropolitan Police said officers found the object while searching a house in the southwest England town of Newton Abbot connected to a 19-year-old man arrested Friday over the subway incident.

The police department said the house was evacuated and officers from the local force and the anti-terrorism squad were "dealing with the item." Officers cordoned off the property and also evacuated residents from the street the house stands on in the picturesque small town.

Part of the London Underground was shut for several hours Thursday after a passenger discovered what police called a "suspicious item" on a train at North Greenwich station.

It was destroyed in a controlled explosion and is undergoing a forensic examination.

Police have not said whether they think the object on the train was a viable explosive device or a hoax.

Officers used a stun gun to detain the teenage suspect Friday on a busy London street. He is being held on suspicion of "the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism acts."

Police said they are not looking for anyone else as part of the investigation and are keeping an open mind about motive.

Britain's official threat level from international terrorism stands at "severe," the second-highest point on a five-point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely.

In July 2005, four suicide bombers blew themselves up on three London subway trains and a bus, killing 52 commuters.