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Wrexham man pleads guilty to terrorism offences

Aabid Ali, 48, from Wrexham has pleaded guilty to two counts under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Ali appeared before Manchester Crown Court today.

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Aabid Ali, formerly known as Darren Glennon pleaded guilty to two counts of terrorism offences. Credit: South Wales Police

Aabid Ali was also known as Darren Glennon before he converted to Islam.

He was found in possession of two terror manuals, one believed to be from Osama bin Laden's terror group al Qaida that contained bomb making instructions.

Married Ali, 49, from Yale Park, Wrexham, also published a statement on YouTube encouraging others to take up jihad and terrorism.

Aabid Ali, 48, from Wrexham was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court. Credit: PA

He worked as a council refuse collector before he was raided by counter-terror police last autumn after he became radicalised.

Ali, who is currently in jail at HMP Chelmsford, later admitted three offences under anti-terror legislation.

North Wales Police has strong links with the Muslim community and members of that community have worked with us to provide support to this investigation.

Extremism and radicalisation is something that we continue to be constantly vigilant about. We also work hard to ensure that efforts to victimize or commit hate crime against Muslim communities across North Wales are met with a no tolerance approach. It is crucially important that this work continues.

Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them. To effectively combat the terrorism threat the police, businesses, government and the general public need to work together.

– Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki, North Wales Police

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