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Alleged bomb plot surveillance photo released

Alleged bomb plot surveillance photo Credit: West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit

Police have released a surveillance image which allegedly shows three men from Birmingham posing as charity collectors, to raise funds for a bomb plot in the UK.

Irfan Naseer, 31, and Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, who are both 27, deny a total of 12 terrorism charges and are on trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Continuing his opening of the case against the men today, prosecutor Brian Altman QC said anti terrorist police had launched a surveillance operation after two of the men returned from a visit to Pakistan last July.

He told the jury that surveillance images show the three defendants with buckets labelled as Muslim Aid, carrying out street collections in and around Birmingham's Stratford Road.

The prosecution claim more than £13,000 was raised, with just £1,500 being handed over to the charity, which had no knowledge of the alleged fraudulent collections. It claims the rest of the money raised was stolen for terrorist purposes.

The trial continues.


Court hears how defendants used 'terrorshop user name'

A court has heard that three men from Birmingham accused of planning terror attacks bigger than the July 7 bombings, duped people into donating them thousands of pounds.

Irfan Nasee, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali posed as collectors from Muslim Aid wearing charity T-shirts and hi-vis tabards to carry out door to door collections in Birmingham and Leicester, Woolwich Crown Court has heard.

Notes found by police suggested that they collected £12,000 pounds but just a fraction was received by the charity.

The court also heard that one of the men had registered the user names "terrorshop" and "shopterror" on an online charity website. The three men deny all the charges against them.


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Birmingham "bomb plotters" trial: bugs placed in defendants' cars

Continuing his outline of the case against Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, prosecutor Brian Altman QC said the alleged bomb plot had been prevented because of the early intervention of anti terrorist police.

Officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit carried out an extensive surveillance operation in Birmingham between July and September 2011. Bugs were placed in the ground floor flat in Sparkhillwhere Ashik Ali lived.

The prosecution claims the flat was used as a safe house for planning the plot, and experimenting with making bombs.Bugs were also placed in two of the defendants' cars. The Prosecution told the jury that these covert recordings will form the main basis of the case against the three men.

Fan jailed for attacking goalkeeper

A football fan from Gloucestershire has been jailed for 16 weeks after he admitted attacking a goalkeeper during a televised match.

Aaron Cawley, 21, from Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch during Sheffield Wednesday's home match against Leeds United on Friday night.

Cawley was arrested after Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland was pushed in the face during the game at Hillsborough stadium.

Kirkland, who has played for England, was shoved to the ground moments after conceding an equaliser in the 76th minute.

A man was clearly seen running from the Leeds fans onto the pitch and pushing Kirkland in the face before running back into the crowd.

The incident was caught on camera by Sky Sports, which was broadcasting the game.

Birmingham "bomb plotters" trial: latest

The three are also accused of recruiting others to join their campaign. They were described in court by the prosecution as 'jihadists' and 'extremists'.

The three defendants are also accused of 'despicably stealing money from their own community' by posing as charity workers from Muslim Aid to make bogus street collections.

The court was told they had worn high visibility vests and and used charity buckets. They collectedmore than £13,500.

The court heard £9,000 was later lost after being invested in a Forex currency scheme.

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