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Terror trial opens for man from Blackburn accused of trying to travel to Syria

Ednane Mahmood from Blackburn faces terrorism charges. Credit: Press Association

A 19-year-old man from Blackburn has gone on trial accused of trying to travel to Syria to engage in acts of terrorism.

The prosecution has opened its case against Ednane Mahmood at Manchester Crown Court this morning, saying he travelled as far as Bulgaria but never got to Syria.

He faces terrorism charges including sharing a terrorist publication. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Teenager pleads guilty to terror offences

The girl pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates Court today. Credit: PA Wire

A 16-year-old schoolgirl who was arrested with a teenage boy involved in a plot to attack police officers at an Anzac Day parade in Australia has pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates' Court to two terror offences.

The youngster from Manchester, who cannot be named because of her age, is accused of two offences under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

It is alleged that on or before April 3 this year, the girl possessed a document containing information of a kind likely to be of use to a person preparing or committing an act of terrorism, namely a recipe for explosives.

She was held by police in April following an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.


Science teacher to be sentenced for terror offences

Jamshed Javeed

A science teacher from Manchester, who'd planned to fight in Syria, will be sentenced for terrorist offences.

Jamshed Javeed, 30, who taught chemistry at Sharples School in Bolton admitted two counts of engaging to the conduct in preparation of terror acts.

Javeed who lived in Levenshulme had also helped other fighters join rebel forces, and bought their equipment. He was arrested when he was about to board a flight after his family reported him.

Facebook 'fantasist' jailed over terror offences

Craig Slee Credit: GMP

A man who set up a Facebook account to upload terrorist propaganda, including pictures of beheadings, has been jailed for five years.

42 year old Craig Slee from Preston, pleaded guilty encouraging terrorism, dissemination of terrorist publications and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Slee created a false identity and set up a Facebook page using the alter-ego 'Hashim X Shakur'. He was also the creator and administrator of another Facebook account called 'FB Mujahideen'.

He posted links to a communiqué by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and uploaded several videos, which included gruesome beheadings and Islamist terrorist propaganda material. He also chatted to other people inferring he was a member of the Taliban which is a complete fabrication.

Slee was arrested in July 2011 in Windermere. As part of the investigation, officers also recovered a can of CS gas from an address in Preston linked to Slee.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "It is clear that Slee was a total fantasist.

He had no links whatsoever to any terrorist organisations, was not a radical convert and there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest he engaged in any attack planning.

"The power of the Internet and social networking sites is vast and extends worldwide, so while Slee may not have been planning any sort of attack, he could easily have influenced someone else with the propaganda he was uploading.