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One of three men from Birmingham charged with planning a suicide bombing attack has told a jury he pretended to be a terrorist as a defence

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Birmingham man charged with terrorism offences

A 44-year-old Birmingham man has appeared in court accused of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Mohammed Benares of Alum Rock, appeared at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with three offences under the Terrorism Act.

The offences include an alleged possession of a document called 39 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at the court again for a committal hearing on January 9th 2013.

Court shown footage of elephant kicked and hit with pitchfork

A court was shown footage of an elephant being kicked and hit with a pitchfork today at the trial of a husband and wife accused of causing the animal unnecessary suffering.

Bobby and Moira Roberts appeared at Northampton Crown Court accused of having kept the 58-year-old Asian elephant, called Anne, constantly chained to the ground at the Bobby Roberts Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire.

Mr and Mrs Roberts, of Brook Farm, Oundle, Northamptonshire, deny all the charges.

For more on this story see the ITV Anglia website.

Court hears alleged bomb plot could have ended in death and injury on a "massive scale"

The prosecutor in the trial of three Birmingham men accused of planning a suicide bomb plot told a jury today their plans could have culminated in death and injury on a "massive scale".

Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid, and Ashik Ali deny between them a total of 12 terrorism charges.

Brian Altman QC told the jury today

"The evidence does not reveal any settled or certain timescale for the terrorist attack these men were planning, nor does it betray an iconic target or geographic location, but the defendants’ words and actions demonstrate a settled intention at some point not too far off to execute their attack plan in this country, and with it ensure their own martyrdom. The fact that the defendants were now beginning to experiment with explosive mixes in some secrecy proves it.

"But for the timely disruption of the plot by the authorities, to whom it was quite clear that the defendants were attempting to develop a home-made explosive device, unheeded and permitted to run its course, this plot would have culminated in death and injury on a massive scale."

– Brian Altman QC

The trial continues.

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Court told of "suicide bombers ready to take on England"

A court has heard how one of the three men from Birmingham accused of planning terror attacks bigger than the July 7 bombings said they were "suicide bombers ready to take on England."

Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali were covertly recorded by police last year pretending to be Formula One commentators covering a race.

It was in the middle of their conversation that Mr. Khalid allegedly made the statement. The three men deny all the charges against them. The trial continues.

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