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Isle Of Wight Oil Tanker Raid: Seven Men Re-Bailed

They remain detained under Border Force powers but have been re-bailed until 25 January.

Seven Nigerian men detained after British Special Forces stormed an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight last month have been re-bailed, police have said.

The seven men remain detained under Border Force powers but have been re-bailed until 25 January in relation to the criminal investigation while investigators continue their inquiries.

Around 16 members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) carried out the raid on 25 October, backed by airborne snipers.

The intervention resulted in the securing of the Nave Andromeda tanker in around nine minutes.

Seven men were arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force.

The raid was authorised by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel after a 10-hour stand-off.

The 748ft (228m) Nave Andromeda had been heading towards Southampton, having set sail from Lagos in Nigeria.

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