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Public urged to help fight radicalisation after conviction

Greater Manchester Police have appealed for the public's help in tackling radicalisation in the community following the conviction of Abid Naseer over a plot to carry out a terrorist attack on Manchester's Arndale Centre.

Manchester's Arndale Centre was targeted by the bomb plotters for an attack in Easter 2009. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

We need everyone in our communities - schools, teachers, local councillors, parents and friends - to help us identify those young people who are vulnerable and therefore susceptible to being radicalised.

If we can identify those at risk before their behaviour escalates into extremist views or a misguided desire to carry out an act of terrorism, then we can safeguard those individuals and try and steer them away from that lifestyle.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole

Detective Mole added there was no evidence to suggest locations in Manchester remain under threat of a terror attack.

Throughout his trial, a number of locations in Manchester were mentioned as potential targets for Naseer. I want to stress that these locations were part of a plot that is now six years old.

There is no current intelligence or evidence to suggest any of these locations are under threat or at risk of a terrorist attack.

I want shoppers and residents to be reassured by that and continue to use the shopping facilities in Manchester without fear or trepidation.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole

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Sam Galsworthy and fellow uncle Joe Galsworthy today paid tribute to the teenager and said they would reclaim her dignity.

"We will reclaim Rebecca's dignity and eventually as a community we will lay her to rest with the utmost respect and love," they said.

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Abid Naseer found guilty of plotting Manchester bombing

Pakistani citizen Abid Naseer has been found guilty of leading al Qaeda plots to launch bomb attacks in the UK and US.

The 28-year-old was accused of planning a terror attack on Manchester's Arndale shopping centre in 2009, along with an attack in New York.

He was found guilty of all three charges he faced after being tried in front of a jury at Brooklyn's federal district courthouse.

Prosecutors claimed Abid Naseer was the leader of an al-Qaeda terror cell in the North West of England.

Naseer claimed he was an innocent and peace loving man who came to Britain for an education and a wife.

But the jury found him guilty of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation, conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation and conspiring to use a destructive device.

Prosecutors said Naseer's plot formed part of a three-pronged international attack, timed to coincide with strikes on the New York subway and a Danish newspaper.

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Teacher 'appalled by brutality of Islamic State'

A teacher who was determined to fight in Syria despite desperate pleas from his family is "appalled" at the brutality shown by Islamic State, a judge has been told.

Jamshed Javeed is facing jail after admitting terror charges. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

Jamshed Javeed - who is facing jail after admitting two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts - said he wanted to go and support the Syrian people in late 2013 and did not then know the truth about Islamic State.

Describing his client as a "thoughtful, studious and mild-mannered" teacher, Charles Bott QC said Javeed was "deeply moved" by images of "extreme suffering" of Syrian people at the hands of the Assad regime.

"The defendant's position is that he did something that he considered right at the time in very particular circumstances that he would not contemplate doing now," he told a sentencing hearing at Woolwich Crown Court.

He said Javeed was "appalled at the indiscriminate brutality" of IS, describing a series of videos showing the murders of Western hostages as "grotesque and barbaric".

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