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Police charge man over 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters

A man from Lincoln has been charged in connection with the investigation into the so-called 'Punish A Muslim Day' letters.

David Parnham, 35, is accused of 14 offences including one count of soliciting to murder.

He is also charged with two counts of sending a number of letters promoting a 'Punish A Muslim Day', encouraging the commission of one or more of a number of offences.

Parnham faces five further counts of sending a substance with the intention of inducing in a person a belief that it is likely to contain a noxious substance, five counts of sending a number of letters conveying a threat and one count of making a bomb hoax.

Parnham is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday. He was arrested on Tuesday by counter-terrorism police as part of an intelligence operation.

A residential property and office building in Lincoln city centre were searched as part of the investigation.


Police investigating terror plot release man without charge

A man who was arrested over an alleged terror attack plot has been released without charge.

The 36 year-old, of Burngreave, Sheffield, was among four men who were arrested in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire on December 19 as part of an investigation by the Counter Terrorism Policing North East (CTPNE) unit.

"We would like to reassure the public that public safety remains our priority at all times.

"Extensive enquiries have satisfied the investigation that there are no grounds to charge him with any offences.

"South Yorkshire Police and Derbyshire Police continue to work closely with their partners and communities to reassure local people and protect the public."

– West Yorkshire Police spokesperson

A 21-year-old man, from the Fir Vale area of Sheffield, who was arrested on December 29, is still in custody.

Two of the men arrested on December 19 - Chesterfield fish-and-chip shop owner Andy Star, 31, and Farhad Salah, 22, from Sheffield - have been charged with one count of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

The men, both Kurdish Iraqis, are due to appear at the Old Bailey in London on January 19.

A 41-year-old man from Meersbrook in Sheffield, who was also arrested on December 19, was released on December 23.

Bradford man in court of terror charges

A 42-year-old old man from Bradford has appeared in court charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act following an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Farooq Rashid of Ducy Crescent, Bradford, appeared before Westminster magistrates charged with one count of dissemination of a terrorist publication, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and one count of possessing a publication likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Rashid, who was arrested in October 2016 as part of an intelligence led inquiry, was remanded in custody.

Yorkshire soldier revealed as London Bridge hero

An off-duty Yorkshire soldier has revealed how he used battlefield training to save victims of Saturday's terrorist attack in London. Lieutenant Jared Bambridge, of the1st Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, ran towards danger to tend to stab victims, saving a 51-year-old man with two knife wounds. In fact, he helped 10 of the wounded over more than two hours, as Jon Hill reports.

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