By Tammy Hughes
PUBLISHED: 06:14 EST, 29 June 2012 | UPDATED: 08:07 EST, 29 June 2012
Two Muslim converts have been arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack on the London Olympic canoeing venue after police spotted them on a dinghy nearby.
An 18-year-old and a 32-year-old were detained after dawn raids were carried out at separate addresses in east London by officers acting on a tip-off.
Sources said the arrests were made after the men were seen acting suspiciously close to the venue in Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire, on Monday.
Up to 30 police officers began combing the banks after three men were seen in a dinghy on the Lea.
A friend of the arrested men named the 18-year old as Jamal un-Din and said the older man was known as ‘Zakariya’.
Mizanur Rahman, 29, said the arrests ‘might have had something to do with the fact that they recently went canoeing’ on the River Lee, a branch of which runs through the Olympic site in east London.