A man has been arrested following the discovery of two improvised explosive devices in a northwest London flat.

The 48-year-old was detained at a residential address in north London on suspicion of an offence contrary to section 4 of the Explosives Substances Act 1883.

He was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

It comes after officers were called to the unoccupied address in Harlesden, which was in the process of being refurbished, on Wednesday morning.

As a precaution, the block of flats was temporarily evacuated and nearby roads were cordoned off while specialist officers assessed the two devices.

They found both to be improvised explosive devices. The bombs were “made safe” and taken away from the flat for forensic examinations.

Officers carried out further searches around the block and deemed the area safe.

Residents were able to return to their homes later the same day.

A counter-terror investigation was immediately launched following the discovery of the explosives.

Detectives said on Thursday that at this early stage of the investigation it is not believed the suspect “has links to any terrorist organisations, or that there are any ongoing public safety issues.”

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