Police arrested two people for allegedly planning a terrorist attack against Pride in London using knives and a car.
The 28-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were arrested after an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Police arrested them following a vehicle stop in Luton, north of London, on Wednesday 3 July.
Both were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Authorities took them to a London police station, where they remain in police custody.
As part of the investigation, officers also searched a residential address and a commercial premises in Luton.
Media reports suggested the pair planned to attack the Pride in London parade on Saturday 6 July.
‘They were taken out at an early stage of suspected plans to hit the Pride march,’ a source told The Sun.
50 years of Pride
Saturday’s parade marked the Jubilee anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City. The Stonewall riots sparked the global movement for LGBTI rights.
Pride in London organizers said this year’s parade was the biggest ever in its history. More than 1.5 million people lined the streets of central London to watch the trans-inclusive parade.
‘In this momentous anniversary year, we must all take stock of how far we’ve come – and of the contributions and sacrifices made by trans women of colour to get us to where we are today,’ said Pride in London, co-chair Alison Camps.
‘Our main aim is to ensure that everyone who comes to Pride in London has a safe space to celebrate, protest or mark the occasion however they wish.
Camps added: ‘We will not allow Pride to be used as a platform for hate – and we encourage everyone to come out and join us today so we can stand together against bigotry and hatred in all its forms’.