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A man has been arrested and an imitation shotgun uncovered during co-ordinated counter-terrorism raids in Melbourne this morning, all linked to this weeks deadly Brighton siege. About 150 state and federal police raided properties in Ascot Vale, Glenroy and Gladstone Park from 5am.
A 32-year-old man was taken into custody and officers interviewed two others, aged 31 and 51.
Police say the raids are related to the investigation into how Melbourne man Yacqub Khayre obtained the weapon he used to kill a hotel clerk and wound three police on Monday night.
"They are not persons of national security interest. They are, however, persons who are known to us through their criminal history," Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told reporters. "I want to make perfectly clear, we haven't yet uncovered anybody with links to terrorism who are associated with the offender from the Brighton attack."
At least half a dozen officers remain at the Ascot Vale unit bagging items as evidence, while AFP officers are at a property in Flemington.
A crime scene has been established around a black Toyota Celica without number plates and a blue Mazda 3, while a police helicopter hovers above Flemington.
Earlier this morning...
Melbourne terror raids have been conducted on Epsom Road in Ascot Vale this morning.
It's believed police are now conducting searches in Coburg.
Locals reported on social media that about a dozen police were searching a number of garbage bins.
Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the raids are linked to the Brighton siege that occurred on Monday night.
Police have released the following statement:
Victoria Police and their partners within the Joint Counter Terrorism Team are conducting a police operation in the northern suburbs this morning.
As this relates to an ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to comment further.
The safety of the community and our members is paramount and more information will be released when it is safe to do so.