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Teenager jailed for planning copycat Lee Rigby murder

A teenager has been jailed at the Old Bailey for eight years for grooming a young man with learning difficulties to carry out a copycat killing of Lee Rigby's murder in Woolwich.

Kazi Islam tried to persuade 19-year-old Harry Thomas to buy the ingredients for a pipe bomb and to attack one or more soldiers with a kitchen knife or meat cleaver on his command.

The 19-year-old encouraged Thomas to start calling himself Haroon instead of Harry and attempted to radicalise him with stories of innocent children murdered by military forces.

Kazi Islam has been jailed for plans to copy Lee Rigby's murder. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images

But Islam's schemes were foiled when Thomas failed to buy any of the right ingredients for a bomb and let slip to "a few friends" what they were up to.

The defendant, who will serve his sentence in a young offenders institute, denied wrongdoing, saying that he only talked to Thomas about getting the components for a bomb as an "experiment" in radicalisation.

Sentencing, judge Richard Marks QC told him that his behaviour towards Thomas, who suffered from Aspergers syndrome and ADHD, was an aggravating feature.

He said: "Even on your own account, that you knew he was an extremely vulnerable young man, your treatment of him was as callous as it was manipulative."

Judge Marks said that since his conviction Islam had shown neither remorse nor insight into the seriousness of what he had done.

He ordered Islam to be subject to a terrorism prevention requirement for 15 years.


Father of Lee Rigby: I want apology from security agencies

The father of Fusilier Lee Rigby has said he wants an apology from Britain's intelligence services after accusing them of failing to prevent his son's murder.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was brutally murdered on the streets of Woolwich in May 2013. Credit: PA Wire

A parliamentary inquiry, released on Tuesday, said that despite operational mistakes, security agencies could not have stopped Rigby's murder in May 2013.

But Phil McClure told The Times that M15, M16 and GCHQ were partly to blame for not identifying extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both of whom are serving life sentences for his son's death.

“All of them have a bit of blame haven’t they?” Mr McClure told the newspaper.

“All we want really is a good apology off them.”

David Cameron agrees to meet Lee Rigby's family

ITV Good Morning Britain

David Cameron has agreed to meet the family of Lee Rigby, the Prime Minister's spokesperson told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Lee’s stepfather Ian Rigby and sister Sara McLure appeared on the show this morning and spoke of their anguish following the intelligence and security committee's report.

Rigby family: Facebook has 'duty of care' to alert authorities

Social media websites like Facebook have "a duty of care" to alert authorities when users reveal their intentions to take part in an act of terrorism, the stepfather of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has told Good Morning Britain.

Lee Rigby's sister, Sara McClure and Step-Dad Ian Rigby, with Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh. Credit: Good Morning Britain/ITV

Ian Rigby criticised Facebook for not sharing more information with authorities when it emerged one of his stepson's killers, Michael Adebowale, had spoken of his plans to murder a solider in an exchange on the social media site ahead of the attack.

Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo drove into the soldier before hacking him to death near Woolwich Barracks in May 2013.

Speaking after the release of a report into the security failings in the run-up to the attack, Mr Rigby said it was "a necessary evil" for social media websites to share information with authorities in extreme cases.

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PM: Firms 'need to stop terrorists using online networks'

Internet firms need to act to prevent terrorists from plotting "murder and mayhem" on their networks, the Prime Minister has argued.

David Cameron made the comments after the release of a report by the government's Intelligence and Security Committee, which raised concerns over some social media companys' policies when it came to tackling suspicious behaviour online.

ITV News UK editor Rohit Kachroo reports:

MI5 almost a week late submitting surveillance bid

MI5 was almost a week late in submitting a bid to put Michael Adebowale under heightened surveillance, only submitting it to the Home Office the day before he and Michael Adebolajo murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby, it has emerged.

Despite having a target time of seven days, the government’s Intelligence and Security Committee found the application took almost twice that time. If it had been submitted within the target time frame, the report found Adebowale would almost certainly have been under “intrusive” scrutiny in the days leading up to – and the day of – the attack.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was killed on May 22, 2013 Credit: PA

The report went on to say while it was “improbable” that any coverage would have uncovered Adebowale’s plans, the delay was “significant”.

If the application had not taken nearly twice as long as it should have, MI5 would probably have had these techniques in place in the days before the attack.

While post-event analysis has not provided any evidence that these techniques would have revealed anything that might have helped prevent the attack on 22 May 2013, there can be no certainty of this.

– Intelligence and Security Committee report

Lee Rigby's uncle: 'Don't let his death be in vain'

The uncle of murdered soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby has said he hopes a report into what intelligence services knew ahead of the attack will be used to make a difference.

Fusilier Lee Rigby's uncle Raymond Dutton says he does not believe anything could have been done to prevent his nephew's murder Credit: ITV News

Raymond Dutton, who lives in Manchester, also admitted he did not believe his nephew’s murder could have been prevented, adding: “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

If we're going to safeguard our citizens on the streets of Great Britain then this report needs to be looked into in fine detail.

Hopefully any learning from the report will be put to good use and then Lee's death wouldn't have been in vain.

– Raymond Dutton, uncle
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