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Man who planned Oxford Street van attack has sentence reduced

A terrorist who plotted to kill 100 shoppers in a van attack in Oxford Street has had his sentenced reduced by nearly two years.

Lewis Ludlow Credit: Met Police

Muslim convert Lewis Ludlow was last month jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years for planning a "spectacular" attack in central London.

On Tuesday, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC cut the sentence to 13 years and two and a half months under the judicial "slip rule".

The Old Bailey judge said there had been an error in calculating Ludlow's discount for pleading guilty.

The court had heard that Ludlow, 27, from Rochester in Kent, swore allegiance to Islamic State as he prepared to drive a van through London's shopping district or Madame Tussauds.

The former Royal Mail worker, who called himself "The Eagle" and "The Ghost", bought a phone under a false name and wrote down his attack plans, which were later found ripped up in a bin.

He identified Oxford Street as an "ideal" spot, writing: "It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack."

Last year, he pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to plotting an attack in the UK and funding IS abroad.

Ludlow had been sentenced to a further seven years in prison to run concurrently for the funding offence.

He appeared in court by video link from jail for the brief hearing.