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CPS defends decision not to charge Manchester bomb plotter

The Crown Prosecution Service has defended its decision not to charge Manchester bomb plotter Abid Naseer in the UK, claiming there was not enough evidence against him.

Naseer was this week found guilty of planning terror attacks in the US and the UK during a trial in America.

But a police crime commissioner in the UK said it was "deeply worrying" no further action was taken here and pledged to raise the matter with the Home Secretary.

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MI5 officer: 'Naseer's behaviour was not suspicious'

Naseer cross-examines the officer in court. Credit: Court artist/Jane Rosenberg

An MI5 officer giving evidence in the trial of alleged Manchester bomb plotter Abid Naseer today told a court he did not think his behaviour was suspicious.

'Officer 1661' said he followed Naseer and two other alleged co-conspirators around Liverpool in early 2009.

The court heard the trio visited locations such as a Tesco supermarket.

Naseer, who is representing himself, asked the officer if anything he witnessed caused him to be alarmed or suspicious, to which he replied "no".

Photographs of Naseer's 'co-conspirators' posing in front of locations around Manchester City Centre, such as the Arndale Shopping Centre, St Ann's Square and the City's Cathedral, were shown in court for the first time.

Prosecutors said while they may appear like harmless holiday snaps, they were actually part of a reconnaissance mission as they decided upon their intended target.

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