Terrorist plotters sentenced

Eleven Birmingham gang members who plotted terrorist attacks potentially bigger than the July 7 attacks have been sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court.

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Community workers: drugs & alcohol worse than radicalisation

Local volunteer community workers in Birmingham say issues such as drugs, alcohol and unemployment are bigger problems among young muslims than radicalisation.

However they say high profile terrorism cases such as this can have a damaging impact on the community.

Community worker Yousfuf Hussain says:

"When people look at my beard they think oh he's a terrorist. People judge on how they look."

Harun Raza who also volunteers as a community worker in Birmingham agrees:

"It does have a massive impact when these fanatics and these terrorists do something. These people need to be stopped because they're giving Islam a bad name, they're giving the community a bad name.”

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