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Public urged to help fight radicalisation after conviction

Greater Manchester Police have appealed for the public's help in tackling radicalisation in the community following the conviction of Abid Naseer over a plot to carry out a terrorist attack on Manchester's Arndale Centre.

Manchester's Arndale Centre was targeted by the bomb plotters for an attack in Easter 2009. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

We need everyone in our communities - schools, teachers, local councillors, parents and friends - to help us identify those young people who are vulnerable and therefore susceptible to being radicalised.

If we can identify those at risk before their behaviour escalates into extremist views or a misguided desire to carry out an act of terrorism, then we can safeguard those individuals and try and steer them away from that lifestyle.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole

Detective Mole added there was no evidence to suggest locations in Manchester remain under threat of a terror attack.

Throughout his trial, a number of locations in Manchester were mentioned as potential targets for Naseer. I want to stress that these locations were part of a plot that is now six years old.

There is no current intelligence or evidence to suggest any of these locations are under threat or at risk of a terrorist attack.

I want shoppers and residents to be reassured by that and continue to use the shopping facilities in Manchester without fear or trepidation.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole
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Abid Naseer found guilty of plotting Manchester bombing

Pakistani citizen Abid Naseer has been found guilty of leading al Qaeda plots to launch bomb attacks in the UK and US.

The 28-year-old was accused of planning a terror attack on Manchester's Arndale shopping centre in 2009, along with an attack in New York.

He was found guilty of all three charges he faced after being tried in front of a jury at Brooklyn's federal district courthouse.

Prosecutors claimed Abid Naseer was the leader of an al-Qaeda terror cell in the North West of England.

Naseer claimed he was an innocent and peace loving man who came to Britain for an education and a wife.

But the jury found him guilty of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation, conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation and conspiring to use a destructive device.

Prosecutors said Naseer's plot formed part of a three-pronged international attack, timed to coincide with strikes on the New York subway and a Danish newspaper.


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Abid Naseer found guilty of terror plot

A man extradited from the UK to the US has been convicted of plotting attacks in Manchester and other locations around the world.
Abid Naseer, 28, was found guilty by a New York jury of providing material support to al-Qaeda and conspiracy to use a destructive device. He faces up to life imprisonment at sentencing. Rob Smith reports..

Grieving family's anger at their victim statement being ignored

Colin McGinty was stabbed to death in Bootle in 2001 Credit: Granada reports

How much of a say should relatives of a murder victim have on the future of the person who committed the crime?

Well a family from Merseyside say they haven't been listened to and they feel the system has let them down.

Geraldine and Peter McGinty's son was stabbed to death in 2001. But their attempts to make statements in person to parole board hearings about the killers' have ended in disappointment.

Our correspondent Ashley Derricott has been to talk to them to find out why:

Construction starts on world class sports centre in Manchester

A computer generated image of the Belle Vue Sports Village Credit: Manchester City Council

Construction has started at the Belle Vue Sports Village.

The £11 million development will bring world class significant national centres for both speedway and basketball to Manchester – along with a new National Speedway Academy that will look to develop the next generation of riders.

The purpose built speedway venue – boasting a 1,842 seat grandstand –will be capable of hosting both national and international race meetings, attracting some of the world’s best riders to east Manchester.

We spoke to Cllr Jeff Smith from Manchester City Council:

Watch: Manchester sporting superstar couple

New Zealand international and Salford rugby league star, Kevin Locke, has caught the eye of the Scottish rugby union recently. But he say's he's not interested in a move north.

He's got plenty of motivation to stay put, having recently proposed to Australian girlfriend Chelsea Pitman - this year's new recruit at the netball champions - Manchester Thunder.

Chris Hall went round for a brew and discovered their competitive streak doesn't end on match day.


Former officer insists police were told to blame drunken fans for disaster

A former South Yorkshire officer has described Police briefing that took place two days after the disaster as 'a call to arms'. He claims that police were told to put the blame for Hillsborough on "drunken, ticketless Liverpool supporters."

But he was accused, in court, of telling 'bare-faced' lies to the jury.

Our Hillsborough correspondent Andy Bonner has this report:

Colin Hendry admits to drink driving

Credit: PA

Former Scotland football captain Colin Hendry has admitted drink driving but is set to fight a ban from the wheel.

Hendry, 49, was arrested by police after being stopped while driving a blue Ford Focus in Church Road, Lytham, Lancashire at 1.15am on February 21.

He provided a reading of 63 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit in England is 35 micrograms.

Blackpool Magistrates' Court was told that Hendry accepts the facts of the case but argues the amount of alcohol he consumed in a period of time did not "correlate" to the figure provided in the sample.

He was granted unconditional bail until April 22 when the case will be heard in full before sentencing.

Hendry had a long playing career, captaining his country in the 1998 World Cup and appearing for a series of clubs including Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Glasgow Rangers.

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