Shetland 'Topiary' suspect extended in custody for 3 days

Man cuffed by airborne plods 'not local', say locals

The Metropolitan Police has been granted another three days to question the suspected hacker arrested on the Shetland Islands yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the Met said: "We've successfully applied to Horseferry Road Magistrates Court for a warrant to keep him for another three days. He is British and we are not looking for anyone else."

The 18-year old, reportedly 'topiary' a major figure in LulzSec and Anonymous, was arrested yesterday in an intelligence-led operation by Met police and the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and Lincolnshire Police. Police are also reportedly searching a home in Lincolnshire and questioning a 17-year-old man.

Mystery deepened overnight with suggestions that police had been tricked into arresting the wrong guy.

Meanwhile the Scotsman reports confusion on the islands about his identity. The paper said everyone in the town of Scalloway, population 812, or presumably 811 now, had heard the rumours but most believed he was not originally from the Islands and there were even rumours he could be German.

Police landed in a light aircraft before grabbing their man and leaving. ®

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