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Mosque bombs 'could have been even more dangerous'

The judge who is sentencing Pavlo Lapshyn says errors Lapshyn made when constructing bombs due to detonate outside a number of mosques means they could have been even more dangerous than they were.

Pavlo Lapshyn is currently listening to Judge Sweeney's comments as he is sentenced for the murder of Birmingham pensioner Mohammed Saleem and for plotting a series of explosions outside mosques in the West Midlands.

Lapshyn is showing no emotion as he listens to the comments through a Russian interpreter.

Lapshyn 'a gutless coward for stabbing father in the back'

Judge Sweeney is currently reading to Pavlo Lapshyn the victim statement from the family of the man he murdered, Mohammed Saleem from Birmingham.

None of us can put in words what we truly feel. We cannot move forward, the murder has disabled our minds in every emotional way possible.

Our father was stabbed in the back by a gutless coward.

– Mohammed Saleem's family's victim impact statement


Lapshyn 'clearly holds extreme white supremacy views'

You clearly hold extreme white supremacy views and racial hatred. Such views, hatred and motivation are abhorrent to all right thinking people and have no place in our multi-faith and multi-cultural society.

It is clear that before coming to this country you had already been manufacturing and detonating IEDs in Ukraine as well as researching where in Birmingham you could buy component parts whilst you were here.

– Judge Sweeney to Pavlo Lapshyn

Lapshyn 'planning to detonate more devices'

Pavlo Lapshyn was "clearly planning to plant and detonate more devices" says Judge Sweeney.

Lapshyn has returned to court where he is due to be sentenced for the murder of a Birmingham pensioner and for leaving explosive devices near West Midlands mosques after a suspicious package was found in the room.

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Man detained after suspect package found at Old Bailey

A statement from City of London Police said:

The Old Bailey has been evacuated following the discovery of a suspect package.

City of London police officers are at the court. One man has been detained while further checks are carried out.

Significant road closures are in place around the court.

The spokeswoman would not comment on reports the suspect package was found in Court 11, where Pavlo Lapshyn in being sentenced for bombing three mosques, and murdering a Muslim pensioner in a series of racist attacks.


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'Alert over' after evacuation of Old Bailey

Guardian reporter Vikram Dodd said the police cordon had been lifted and people were being allowed back into the Old Bailey after an evacuation of the building.

Lapshyn court evacuated over 'suspicious package'

The Old Bailey has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the court where Pavlo Lapshy is to be sentenced later, reports suggest.

West Midlands Police confirmed the court has been evacuated.

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