Terrified musician targeted in armed anti-terror raid


police-armedoriginally published: 26th March 2009

A jazz musician has revealed the “terrifying” moment armed police raided his house carrying automatic weapons as part of a major anti-terror operation.

Victor Frederick, 63, was arrested and strip-searched just yards from his home, just moments after his partner Andrea Heath and their daughter had infra-red sights trained at them and were told they would be shot if they moved. No charges were ever brought against Mr Frederick.

Yesterday, in a press conference at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, Plaid Cymru AM Leanne Wood said South Wales Police had serious questions to answer about what she believes could easily have become a Welsh version of the Jean Charles de Menezes tragedy. The innocent Brazilian was shot dead on a London tube train in 2005 by police who wrongly thought he was a terrorist.

South Wales Police last night insisted its officers had acted “in good faith based on genuine concerns”.

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