Loughborough teenagers in court on terrorism charges

Three Loughborough teenagers accused of plotting terror attacks using pipe bombs today appeared at the Old Bailey.

The youths, who are believed to be right-wing extremists, had already partly assembled the explosives when they were arrested in February this year.

One of them was allegedly found with a stash of components for pipe bombs, firework powder, a stab vest, a gas mash, three .22 air rifles, a crossbow and The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook.

It is claimed he also had ‘a notebook containing information about the planning of attacks and the construction of explosive devices’.

Another youth is charged with ‘doing an act with intent to cause explosions’ likely to endanger life or cause damage to property in the UK.

Their alleged plot was uncovered after one of the youths was arrested in Granby Street, Loughborough, apparently with a knife on February 13 this year.

The first suspect, who appeared in court by video link from prison, is charged with possession of an offensive weapon, possession of articles for purposes connected with terrorism and possession of a document containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

It is claimed that on February 19, 2013, he was in possession of nine partially assembled petrol bombs, a quantity of commercial firework powder, a quantity of partially assembled pipe bombs, a length of commercial pyrotechnic fuse cord, a stab proof vest, a gas mask, three .22 air rifles, an Olympic .22 blank firing pistol and a quantity of .22 blank firing ammunition, a .22 air pistol, three BB guns and a black military belt containing airgun pellets and a cartridge, a crossbow and a notebook containing information about the planning of attacks and the construction of explosive devices.

He is charged together with the second suspect with possession of an article for purposes connected with terrorism between January 2012 and April 13, 2012, namely a quantity of pipe bombs.

The second suspect, who is on bail, did not arrive at court until after the hearing finished.

The third suspect, who is on bail and sat in the dock of the court, is charged with doing an act with intent to cause explosions by use of an explosive substance and possession of an explosive substance between January 1, 2012 and April 13, 2012.

That charge states that he had ‘component parts for pipe bombs with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.’

All three youths, who but cannot be identified because of their age, will appear in court for a plea and case management hearing in June.

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