Mubashir from Luton, Bedfordshire, has been convicted today (19th Oct) at London’s Central Criminal Court (Old Baily) for preparing acts of terrorism after chatting to a covert police officer.
He intended to join Islamic state and was arrested a few days before he planned to fly out to Turkey. He also considered carrying outa suicide bomb attack. Commander Hayden, head of SO15 (Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism unit), said Jamil had been inspired by the terrorist attacks in France and Belgium.
Detective Superintendent Channer said how important it is to identify and weed out individuals with extreme views of any kind. In doing so he mentioned Luton, acknowledging that it is a ‘fantastic town’ with great diversity but there is suspected in some quarters that this comment was derogatory towards Luton. This may be harsh and D/Supt Channer is right, all forms of extremism must be weeded out.
I will be discussing these issues along with extremism/radicalisation on BBC Three Counties Radio just after 7am (BST) tomorrow (20th Oct)