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 Anti-terror police search woods

BBC | August 23 2006

Anti-terror police probing an alleged plot to blow up planes have begun searching a Buckinghamshire wood.

Armed Met Police officers and search dogs arrived at Lane End overnight, following a previous search of woods eight miles away in Wycombe.

Police have until Wednesday evening to decide whether to continue holding 11 people still being questioned.

Eleven other suspects, who have been charged, appeared in court in London on Tuesday and were remanded in custody.

Eight were accused of conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism.

Two were accused of failing to disclose information and a 17-year-old was charged with possessing articles useful to a person preparing terrorism acts.

They all deny the charges.

Police must charge or release the remaining 11, unless custody extensions are granted.

Six of the people who appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court were remanded in custody until 4 September when they will appear at the Old Bailey.

They were Tanvir Hussain, 25, from Leyton, east London; Umar Islam, 28, who gave his address in court as Stratford, east London; Arafat Waheed Khan, 25, from Walthamstow, east London; Ahmed Abdullah Ali, 25, from Walthamstow; Ibrahim Savant, 25, who gave his address as London N16; and Waheed Zaman, 22, from Walthamstow.

They were charged with conspiracy to murder and with preparing acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006.

They are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and a second offence of preparing acts of terror.

No bail applications

Assad Ali Sarwar, 26, from High Wycombe and 19-year-old Adam Khatib, from Walthamstow, appeared in the dock together also facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder and preparing acts of terrorism.

They were again remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 4 September. No applications for bail were made.

Another man, Mehran Hussain, from Chingford, east London, and Cossar Ali - a 23-year-old mother of an eight-month-old baby from Walthamstow, east London - were charged with failing to disclose information. They were remanded until 19 September.

A 17-year-old boy, accused of possessing a book on bombs, suicide notes and the wills of people prepared to commit terrorist acts, was remanded until 29 August.

Blacked-out windows

The 11 accused arrived separately at the court in vans with blacked-out windows, having been taken from Paddington Green police station to the court via an unnamed holding area.

Meanwhile, one woman arrested as part of the police investigation into the alleged plot has been freed without charge.

An initial 24 people were arrested following police raids in Walthamstow, east London, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and Birmingham on 10 August.

Security at airports was increased, causing widespread flight cancellations in the UK for several days.


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