Three arrested in animal rights blackmail probe
by Daniel Mason
Three arrests were made today in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands as part of a Europe-wide investigation into alleged blackmail linked to animal rights extremism.
A 50-year-old woman was detained in Croydon in south London on suspicion of conspiracy to blackmail.
And in Amsterdam, the Dutch National Crime Squad used a European Arrest Warrant to take a man and a woman, both 25, into custody.
Police said searches were being made of residential and business addresses in both cities. The alleged target of the blackmail has not been revealed.
The operation was led by the London Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command and also involved the National Domestic Extremism Unit.
In a statement police described it as a "significant development in a long-running, proactive investigation into alleged criminal activity across Europe".