Six men from the West Midlands and one man from West Yorkshire have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism.
Three were detained Tuesday July 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th. Six are in their twenties and from the Sparkhill, Moseley, Alum Rock and Smethwick areas of the West Midlands with a 43 year old from Kirklees, West Yorkshire.
The vehicle was stopped on the M1 motorway in South Yorkshire on Saturday 30th June for not having insurance. When it was impounded and searched, firearms and weapons were found inside.
At that point, police then traced the driver and passengers.
The items from the vehicle are currently undergoing forensic analysis and searches are or have been carried out at the addresses of those in custody.
West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit is leading the investigation. Head of the unit, Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, said: “As soon as the items were discovered in the impounded vehicle, our priority was to protect the public by pursuing and arresting those we believed to be involved.”