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Oldham man accused of having IS propaganda on computer

A man has appeared in court accused of having Islamic State propaganda magazines on his computer.

Atiq Ahmed, 34, was arrested on Tuesday at his home in Copster Hill Road, Oldham, after officers allegedly found five issues of the terror group's Rumiyah magazine on his laptop, court staff said.

The e-zine is written by the IS propaganda wing and disseminated online to try to attract new recruits.

Ahmed appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court where he denied five counts of possessing a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

District Judge Emma Arbuthnot deemed the case unsuitable for summary trial, and Ahmed will appear at the Old Bailey on the 19th of January for a plea and case management hearing.

He was remanded in custody until that date.

Oldham man charged with terrorism offences

A man has been charged with terrorism offences, police said.

Atiq Ahmed, 34, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, is charged with five counts of possessing a document or record which contains information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Ahmed is in police custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Thursday, Greater Manchester Police said.

He was held after a warrant was executed by police at an address in Copster Hill Road, Oldham, on Tuesday.

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Police say stabbings & assaults in Oldham are connected

A teenage girl was assaulted on St Mary's Way Credit: Googlemaps

Police in Oldham are investigating a spate of armed robberies and stabbings in the town.

Five separate incidents in the early hours of Saturday 21st October are being linked by police.

In every report, the victims were approached by three armed men who either robbed, stabbed or threatened them.

A 15-year-old girl was assaulted and threatened with a gun as she was at a party near to St Mary’s Way, and a 20-year-old man was stabbed on New Radcliffe Street. He was taken to hospital with injuries which were not life threatening.

A 17-year-old boy and a 19-year old man were arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault and possession of a firearm. They have both been released under investigation.

Timeline

  • 4am New Radcliffe Street, Oldham – 20-year-old man was stabbed requiring hospital treatment
  • 4.20am Oldham Bus Station, West Street – robbery and assault of a man
  • 4.30am St Mary’s Way, Oldham - 26-year-old and 27 -year old men were stabbed requiring hospital treatment
  • 7.20am Derker Street, Oldham – man threatened with a knife
  • St Mary’s Way, Oldham– 15-year-old girl threatened with gun (the time of this is currently unknown)
A 20-year-old man was stabbed on New Radcliffe Street Credit: Googlemaps

I understand that the community will be concerned but I want to stress that incidents of this nature are rare and we have a team of dedicated detectives working round the clock to find those responsible.

We have extra officers patrolling the areas so please feel free to speak to them if you have any concerns.

We are also trawling through CCTV and we have arrested two people but this investigation does not stop here.

I am asking the community for their help and if you know anything about these horrific offences then please get in touch.

Equally, if you were at the party where one of these shocking incidents occurred and witnessed anything that could help this investigation, please call police.

The people attacked were innocent members of the public and could have been your family or friends. I implore you to contact us if you have any information; please don’t help these violent offenders get away with it.

Attacks like this will never be tolerated and we will do everything in our power to get knives and guns off our streets.

– Detective Inspector Ian Harratt from GMP’s Oldham borough

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, 0161 856 9080 or 0161 856 1382 quoting incident number 456 of 21/10/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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