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.
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.
A bronze drum, alongside a plaque for Fusilier Rigby, will be located at Middleton Memorial Gardens.Read the full story ›
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.
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 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.
Lee Rigby's stepdad and sister criticised social media companies for failing to notify the authorities of users plotting a terror attack.Read the full story ›
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.
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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A similar 'trigger' system to the one currently used by online firms to flag up child sexual exploitation should be used in the fight against terrorism, MPs have recommended.
A report released today found social media firms, most of which are based in the US, argue they do not have to comply with UK law and only are currently obliged to hand over information if it poses an "imminent threat".
It comes after an online exchange between one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killers, Michael Adebowale, and an overseas extremist in which he set out his plan.
ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.