Man pleads guilty to terrorism offences

A man whose pin code for his phone was ISIS has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to terrorism offences.

Haroon Ali Syed, 19, from Hounslow, pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism between 12 April and 9 September 2016, contrary to section 5 (1) (a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 8 June for sentencing.

Syed admitted trying to get a machine gun, handguns, suicide vest and bomb but when he couldn’t raise any finance through loan applications, settled on trying to source a bomb, with a special request for it to be packed with nails so he could detonate it in a crowded place such as Oxford Street.

When information was received by the authorities about Syed’s change of behaviour, MI5 and the Metropolitan Police Service began an investigation.

The investigation quickly established that Syed was plotting an attack in the UK and officers went to his home in Hounslow and arrested him.

They seized all of his electronic equipment which later supported the case against him.

Commander Dean Haydon, MPS Counter Terrorism Command, said, “This is a prime example of how important the public are. It was information we received in respect of Syed’s change of behaviour that meant we looked at him and our close working relationship with MI5 ensured that we uncovered his plot to kill and mutilate innocent members of the public.”

Two other men arrested at the same time were later released with no further action.

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