Jury sent out in trial of Barking and Newham men accused of plotting terror attack
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A jury has retired in the trial of an alleged Islamic State-inspired teacher accused of attempting to groom children as he plotted terror attacks across London.
Umar Haque, 25, of Forest Gate, allegedly targeted landmarks including Big Ben, the Queen’s Guards and Westfield shopping centre in 2016 and early 2017.
The Old Bailey has heard how he also trained youngsters for terrorism through role play and exercises at the Ripple Road mosque in Barking.
Haque is on trial alongside Abuthaher Mamun, 19, of Barking and Muhammad Abid, 27, and Nadeem Patel, 26, both of Newham, who he allegedly recruited to help via the mosque.
His support for IS-inspired attacks and inspiration from the Westminster Bridge attack was revealed in secretly-recorded conversations, it is alleged.
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He and Mamun are accused of preparing acts of terrorism between March 25 and May 18 2017.
Haque is further charged with preparing terrorist acts by leading exercises in physical training and “role play” with children and dissemination of terrorist publications.
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Abid is accused of having information about Haque’s plans and Patel is charged with plotting with Haque to possess a firearm.
The defendants have denied these charges.
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told jurors to adopt common sense as he sent them out to begin deliberating on verdicts on Friday morning.