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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 denies Syria terrorism allegations

A 19-year-old man from Blackburn has denied trying to travel to Syria to engage in acts of terrorism.

Ednane Mahmood is charged with disseminating a terrorist publication and engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.

He appeared at Manchester Crown Court to deny the two charges after being arrested after allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to engage in acts of terrorism.

The teenager is accused of providing a service to others to enable them to obtain, read, listen to or look at a terrorist publication between June 1 and November 25 last year.

He is charged with providing links to poems and other propaganda, and at the time of doing so was reckless as whether his conduct would be a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Mahmood is further charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism on or before September 21 2014 in that he engaged in conduct, namely planning to travel to Syria in order to engage in acts of terrorism.

He was placed on conditional bail until his trial date on October 26 at Manchester Crown Court.

Teen boy pleads guilty to urging terrorists to kill police

A 15-year-old boy from Blackburn has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to inciting terrorism by encouraging the murder of police officers during an Anzac Day parade in Australia.

The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, entered his plea via video link from Manchester Crown Court.

Wearing a grey shirt and tie, the boy spoke only to plead guilty.

The charge states that between March 15 2014 and March 26 the boy incited a person to commit an act of terrorism wholly or partly outside the UK, namely the murder of police officers during an attack on a parade to commemorate Anzac Day in Australia.

A second charge of inciting terrorism overseas in relation to beheading a person in Australia was dropped by the prosecution

Funeral of Blackpool couple killed in Tunisian massacre

They were described as the couple that you wished you lived next door to.

That was one of the many tributes to Dennis and Elaine Thwaites who were killed in the Tunisia terror attack.

Their funeral was held in Lytham, in the sunshine with people in the town stopping as the cortege passed.

Victoria Grimes reports.

Former Birmingham City footballers attend funeral of Tunisian shooting victims Denis and Elaine Thwaites

The funeral's taking place for a couple from Blackpool who were killed in the Tunisia beach attacks.

Former footballer Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine were gunned down died along with 37 others in Sousse last month.

Family and friends paid their respects to the couple at the service at Fairhaven United Reformed Church in Lytham.

Former Birmingham City footballer Alan Campbell described Denis as "a fun person to be with."

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