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London teenager charged with terrorism offences

A London teenager has been charged with terrorism offences after returning to the UK on a flight from Istanbul.

The Met Police say 19 year old Yahya Rashid, from Willesden in north-west London, was arrested by counter terrorism police at Luton Airport yesterday.

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He's been charged with preparing to carry out an act of terrorism as well as preparing to help others to do so.

Police say the alleged offences took place between November 2014 and March 2015

Rashid was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.


Woman arrested at Luton Airport over terror offences

A woman has been arrested at Luton airport on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences.

The woman was arrested at Luton Airport around 11.30 am Credit: PA

The 25 year old woman from Haringey was arrested at around 11.30am as she left a flight that had returned to the UK from Istanbul.

She was arrested by detectives from the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit and is currently being held at a police station in the West Midlands on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism.

Met chief says we all have part to play in combating terror threat

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says everyone has a part to play Credit: Met Police

The whole country has a part to play in combating the threat from terrorism, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said today.

Speaking ahead of of the launch of a national Counter Terrorism Awareness Week on Monday, Commissioner said that the public throughout the country can make a difference and help to keep each other safe.

"As a member of the public we want to keep each other safe and if you look right throughout this country 60 million people working together will notice a difference. They will notice when something is unusual, they will notice a change in behaviour of a young person perhaps who is thinking of going to Syria. Well, tell the police. The best time to stop these young people becoming radicalised is before they go."

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, speaking on The Andrew Marr Show

Terror suspects remanded in custody after hearing

Four men charged with terror offences and a fifth man facing a firearms charge have been remanded in custody to appear the Old Bailey later this month.

Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism.

Nathan Cuffy, 25, also appeared in court charged with firearms offences.

Dressed in prison-issue grey sweatshirts and trousers, they all confirmed their names and addresses. They were flanked in the dock by 10 plain-clothes police officers, some of whom were wearing white stabproof vests, and four uniformed dock officers.

They arrived at court under heavy police protection including a helicopter, two vans and several marked cars.

Court hears claims men swore allegiance oath to IS

Four men have appeared in court accused of plotting a terror attack on police officers or soldiers on the streets of London.

Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism.

Members of the gang allegedly swore allegiance to extremist group Islamic State (IS) and scouted out Shepherd's Bush police station and White City Territorial Army Barracks.

Hassane and Majeed laughed as details of the alleged plot were read to the court.

They allegedly kept Instagram images of two Scotland Yard police officers and two Metropolitan Police community support officers, as well as a trove of jihadist material including videos of beheadings.

In addition, they are accused of having a Baikal handgun, silencer and six rounds of ammunition.

A fifth man, Nathan Cuffy, 25, also appeared in court charged with firearms offences.

The five men, dressed in prison-issue grey sweatshirts and trousers, confirmed their names and addresses. All men live at addresses across London.


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