Stratford man jailed for Wooton Bassett terror plot
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A Stratford man was who was part of a terror cell which plotted blowing up mourners at a military funeral at Wooton Bassett was jailed for four and half years last week.
Former police community support officer Jahangir Alom,26, from Abbey Road, had previously joined the Territorial Army and had asked to be deployed to Afghanistan so he could launch an inside attack, but was discharged on medical grounds.
He and white radicalised Muslim convert, Richard Dart, 30, were arrested at Heathrow Airport en route to a Pakistan terrorist training camp in November 2012.
Fellow plotter, British-born Imran Mahmood ,22, had received training and back in Britain had met at Dart’s flat to discuss plans for terrorist attacks, the Old Bailey heard.
The pair knew they were under surveillance and had “silent” conversations on Dart’s computer as they sat side by side.
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They discussed how to make explosives and referred to targeting soldiers and civilians at Royal Wooton Bassett in Wiltshire - a town famous for honouring dead troops brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Scotland Yard retrieved fragments of the conversation after the laptop was seized.
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Mahmood wrote: “They’re all combatants so if it comes down to it, it’s that or even just to deal with a few MI5 or MI6 heads.”
All three had pleaded guilty last month to preparing for an act of terrorism.
Aftab Jafferjee, QC, defending Alom, said he had provided police with information about young Muslims venting extreme ideologies at Stratford shopping centre.
Dart, of Ealing, west London was handed an extended sentence of 11 years, two-thirds of which he will serve behind bars and will be on licence for 5 years when he is released.
Mahmood from Northolt, west London, also received an extended sentence of 14 years and nine months.