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Welsh teenager charged with terrorism offences

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A 17 year old from Wales has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with offences under the terrorism act.

Judge Mr Justice Holroyde set a trial date of November 13th this year, in Birmingham, for the teenager who can't be named for legal reasons.

The defendant is accused of offences under section 1 and 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 relating to the encouragement of terrorism and the preparation of terrorist acts.

The judge ordered the accused be remanded in custody at a youth justice centre until a further hearing scheduled for October.

Police make two arrests in Cardiff under Terrorism Act

Officers from North East and Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit have arrested two people on suspicion of terror offences, including the dissemination of terrorist publications.

A 34 year-old man and a 36 year-old woman from Cardiff are currently being questioned by police in Bridgend.

Searches at two addresses in the Grangetown area and one in Cathays have been carried out.

Police say that eight people have been arrested in the last three weeks under the Terrorism Act, Proceeds of Crime, Immigration Act, Serious Crime Act and Fraud Act.

Cardiff is an extremely safe city which is proud to have a very robust and diverse community. The community’s rejection of extremism shows our collective determination to deter extremism in all its forms. We continue to seek the public’s help and would encourage anyone with information or concerns on extremism to telephone police in confidence on 0800 789321.

– Detective Superintendent Lee Porter, WECTU

Flags lowered as minute's silence observed in Senedd

The flags were lowered to half-mast outside the Senedd Credit: Nick Powell

AMs, Assembly staff and visitors have held a minute's silence in solidarity with MPs, who were also remembering those killed in the terrorist attack on Westminster.

It took place at 09:33, the same time as the minute's silence in the House of Commons. Meetings of Assembly committees were paused and the flags outside the Senedd lowered to half-mast.

AMs and officials paused for a minute's silence at meetings in the Senedd Credit: Senedd TV

We expect Assembly business to proceed as planned. Our security service and the police are working closely together. The police have increased the presence of armed officers around the Assembly estate and surrounding area as a precaution.

– Presiding Officer Elin Jones AM


'I thought it can't be for real, then I heard more shots' says Welsh MP

The scene in Whitehall, near Downing Street and the Wales Office Credit: Adrian Masters

Monmouth MP David Davies has described what he saw and heard as he walked close to where an alleged knife attacker was shot by police at the Palace of Westminster. He said he heard gunshots and ran for cover.

I was with Grant Shapps MP in New Palace Yard. We heard shouting, then we heard at least one shot -I thought it can't be for real- then more shots. We got down on the floor. I was behind a pillar, then I took a chance and ran back to Portcullis House [where MPs have their offices].

– David Davies MP

Mr Davies said MPs had now been moved to a different area but he wouldn't say exactly where he was. He added that the police were doing a fantastic job and his thoughts were with the officer who had been attacked.

Teenager arrested in Cardiff for suspected terrorism offences

South Wales Police made the arrest on Wednesday afternoon

An 18-year-old man from Grangetown in Cardiff has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.

South Wales Police say he has been arrested under the Section 5, Terrorism Act 2006 for assisting in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

Police said that today's arrest was not linked to any immediate threat to public safety.

Cardiff man remanded on terrorism charges

Khuram Shazad Iqbal, 20, is accused of publishing inflammatory material. Credit: PA

A man accused of posting a string of terrorist publications on Facebook was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey today.

Khuram Shazad Iqbal, 20, also allegedly had ten copies of an Al Qaeda magazine on his home computer when arrested on October 8th.

It is alleged Iqbal, of Kings Road, Cardiff provided a service for others to obtain, read, listen or look at terrorist publications on a Facebook page.

Iqbal appeared in court via videolink wearing a white head cap and light coloured top with a long black beard and spectacles.

He is accused of publishing material to incite terrorism and possessing a record containing information useful to terrorism.

He spoke only to confirm his name during the 15 minute hearing. Mr Justice Sweeney adjourned the case until February next year for a plea and case management hearing.

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