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A 39-year-old man has been charged with eight terrorism offences Credit: PA Wire

A 39-year-old man from Staffordshire has been charged with eight terrorism offences.

Kamran Sabit Hussain from Knightsbridge Way in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent is alleged to have addressed a congregation at a mosque in the town expressing support for the so-called Islamic State.

Mr Hussain will appear before magistrates at Westminster on Tuesday (21 February.)

He is charged with two counts of addressing a meeting at the mosque in Tunstall, with the alleged purpose being to "encourage support for a proscribed organisation, namely Islamic State, or to further its activities".

The other six counts accuse him of publishing a statement - a sermon to a congregation - in which he "intended or was reckless as to whether members of he public would be, directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by he statement to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terrorism".

The charges relate to a period of time from about June 24 2016 to about September 16 2016.

Police said Hussain's arrest on February 14 was pre-planned and intelligence-led and there is no risk to the public's safety


Young boy will need surgery after being bitten by dog

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A young boy was bitten in the face and has sustained serious injuries after being attacked by a dog in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.

The 4-year-old was bitten as he walked with his mother and siblings near Tilehurst Place in Blurton at around 12:30pm on Sunday 12 February.

The dog is described as a brown Staffordshire Bull Terrier which was off the lead and being walked by a white male in his late teens/early 20s.

He's was described as wearing black trainers, grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody/coat at the time.

After the attack, the man called to the dog and walked away without giving his details.

Police say they are keen to trace the dog and its owner as soon as possible.

The little boy was bitten in the face and his injuries were so severe that he will need plastic surgery. He will probably be scarred for life and his speech may be affected.

Extra time to question man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences

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Police have been granted extra time to question a man on suspicion of terrorism offences.

He was arrested on Tuesday 14 February in Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of inviting support for a proscribed organisation and funding terrorism.

The five-day extension means that detectives can now hold the 39-year-old man until the morning of Tuesday 21 February.

The arrest was pre-planned and intelligence-led and the force say there is no risk to the public’s safety.


Watch: Ukip leader denies his own site's Hillsborough loss claim

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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has said a claim on his personal website that he lost close personal friends in the Hillsborough disaster is false.

Mr Nuttall, who says he attended the fateful FA Cup match, was questioned during a radio interview about his account of the 1989 disaster that claimed 96 lives.

He denied writing the claim on his website, telling Liverpool station Radio City Talk: "I haven't put that out, that is wrong."

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