Terror trial: police thanks community for support

Today's sentencing of terror suspects from Birmingham brings to an end two years of work for officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

Known as Operation Pitsford, the case was one of the largest counter terrorism investigations since 2006 when terrorists planned to blow-up transatlantic flights.

The substantial sentences, particularly for the three most serious offenders, reflect the threat these men posed to public safety. Their aim was clear – to cause death and mass casualties.

Today is the culmination of two years work for the police, Security Service and the CPS. As a result, these men are behind bars and no longer a risk.

The local community has condemned the actions of these men and I am grateful for their support. We will continue to work with them and our partners to challenge the minority who promote destructive and dangerous views.

– Marcus Beale, Assistant Chief Constable for West Midlands Police

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