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Lancashire man charged with terror offences

The 31-year-old man is due to appear in court later today.

A man has been charged with terrorism offences after being arrested in Lancashire last month.

Husnain Rashid, of Leonard Street in Nelson, has been charged with two offences under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 - engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts.

Greater Manchester Police said the 31-year-old would appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Wednesday.

Rashid was arrested on Wednesday November 22 as officers from Lancashire Police and Counter Terrorism Policing carried out raids on two properties in Leonard Street.

Speaking at the time, Assistant Chief Constable Tim Jacques, of Lancashire Police, said: "I recognise that events like this can cause people to worry and impact on wider public confidence.

"I want to reassure people that our information and intelligence lead us to believe that there is no immediate threat to local people."

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A report's due to be released about how MI5 and the Police handled intelligence ahead of the terror attacks in Manchester and London this summer.

The Anderson Report is expected to recommend how the security services can minimise the chances of missing potential attackers in the future.

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Following attacks at Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, and Finsbury Park, MI5 and the police launched internal reviews to:

  • Consider what was known about the perpetrators prior to the attacks;
  • Examine decisions made regarding any intelligence held before the attacks took place;
  • Identify areas for improvement, such as in the management of thousands of individuals who have been looked at as part of previous inquiries but who are not currently under active investigation.

The assessments have been carried out internally but David Anderson QC was appointed by the Government to provide "independent assurance"

It emerged that perpetrators of the Westminster and Manchester atrocities, as well as one of the London Bridge attackers, had at some point been on the radar of authorities - although none was considered high risk at the time of the attacks.

In a speech in October, the head of MI5 Andrew Parker said that when an attack happens "we are determined, using the harsh light of hindsight, to squeeze out every last drop of learning so that we can be the very best we can be, now and in the future."

The scale of the current threat is seen as unprecedented.

Counter-terror teams are running about 500 live investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time, while there is also a wider pool of 20,000 former "subjects of interest" who must be kept under review.

It is understood police and MI5 have foiled nine plots since March, in addition to the terrorist incidents that have occurred.


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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.

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