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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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Public urged to help fight radicalisation after conviction

Greater Manchester Police have appealed for the public's help in tackling radicalisation in the community following the conviction of Abid Naseer over a plot to carry out a terrorist attack on Manchester's Arndale Centre.

Manchester's Arndale Centre was targeted by the bomb plotters for an attack in Easter 2009. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

We need everyone in our communities - schools, teachers, local councillors, parents and friends - to help us identify those young people who are vulnerable and therefore susceptible to being radicalised.

If we can identify those at risk before their behaviour escalates into extremist views or a misguided desire to carry out an act of terrorism, then we can safeguard those individuals and try and steer them away from that lifestyle.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole

Detective Mole added there was no evidence to suggest locations in Manchester remain under threat of a terror attack.

Throughout his trial, a number of locations in Manchester were mentioned as potential targets for Naseer. I want to stress that these locations were part of a plot that is now six years old.

There is no current intelligence or evidence to suggest any of these locations are under threat or at risk of a terrorist attack.

I want shoppers and residents to be reassured by that and continue to use the shopping facilities in Manchester without fear or trepidation.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole

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