RAF Iraq veteran arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences

A former RAF Iraq veteran who converted to Islam has been arrested on suspicion of overseas terrorism offences in dawn raids by police officers on Friday morning. Stephen Gray was detained by counter terrorism officers “on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.

Mr Gray, who also uses the name Mustafa, was held with two other men in Manchester as part of an investigation police said “centres on activity overseas”, rather than a domestic terror plot.

The 31-year-old, who served in the RAF Regiment a decade ago, had his passport confiscated earlier this year after officials judged he was “involved in Islamist extremist activity”. Officials warned he was “likely to travel overseas in the future in order to engage in terrorism related activity”.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said “The investigation centres on activity overseas and there is no risk to any communities in Manchester.”