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Police only managed to catch the EDL terrorist attack plotters because a traffic officer impounded their car because it was uninsured.
A traffic officer stopped Jewel Uddin and Mohammed Khan on the M1 as they travelled back to their home town, Birmingham.
Checks were made on their Renault Laguna, which came up as being uninsured, and so the car was impounded.
It was only two days later that staff at the pound near Sheffield looked at the contents of the Renault and found the gang's arsenal.
A plan by Islamic extremists to target the English Defence League fell apart because the gathering in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, finished earlier than expected.
Police and security services had no intelligence about the planned attack on June 30 last year, although one of the would-be killers was under surveillance in relation to another terrorist plan.
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A plot by six men from Birmingham to attack an EDL rally in Dewsbury was uncovered by "pure chance", police have said.
Six men accused of preparing to carry out an attack on a rally of the right wing group the EDL have pleaded guilty at Woolwich crown court.