Counter terrorism detectives have arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of encouraging terrorism through social media.

The 15-year-old boy was detained after a raid on Thursday morning (June 16) at an east London address.

Scotland Yard said officers were searching the home where the teenager lived and he remains in custody.

Police said in a statement: “Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Counter Terrorism Command attended a residential address in east London and arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of encouraging terrorism contrary to Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006. Officers are searching the address.

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“The boy has been taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody pending further enquiries. The arrest has been under Police and Criminal Evidence Act.”

Scotland Yard pays particular attention to internet and social media in an effort to remove content that supports extremism and which might radicalise youngsters in London.

The terror group Islamic State has been effective in using “Cyber-jihad” to find recruits and encourage “lone wolf” attacks.