BBC News - Five held over Pope terror alert Five men have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London in relation to a potential threat to the Pope. The arrests were made at 0545 BST at addresses in London after counter-terrorism officers received intelligence of a potential threat. The five men have been taken to a central London police station. Officers are continuing searches at premises connected to the raids. In a statement from Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police said that the five men had been arrested in an operation launched by officers from the force's Counter-Terrorism Command. The five were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000. The five men are 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50 years old. They were arrested in an armed operation at business premises where searches are continuing. Residential premises in north and east London are also being searched. Officers have not found any hazardous items.