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Four men convicted in relation to plot to murder servicemen


Two men have been convicted of planning to commit a terrorism inspired murder or murders on the streets of London following a trial at the Old Bailey which concluded today. Two others have been convicted of firearms offences connected with the same incident.

Tarik Hassane, aged 22, pleaded guilty earlier in the trial to conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts. Suhaib Majeed, aged 21, Nyall Hamlett, aged 25, and Nathan Cuffy, aged 26, had all pleaded guilty before or during the trial to a number of counts of possessing or supplying the firearm and ammunition that was to be used in the plot. Nathan Cuffy also pleaded guilty to possessing other firearms that were recovered from an address linked to him. Today the jury found Suhaib Majeed guilty of conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts. Hamlett and Cuffy were acquitted of all further charges.

Between July 2014 and October 2014 Hassane and Majeed, both from West London, plotted to carry out at least one murder using a silenced firearm. Their most likely targets were police officers or servicemen in London. Hassane, who was studying abroad at the time, and Majeed, both led on the planning of the plot. Their preparations included the sourcing of a gun, a moped and a storage unit. On 23 September 2014 Hamlett and Cuffy supplied the plotters with a gun, a silencer and ammunition, a combination described in court as an assassin's weapon.

The evidence showed lengthy conversations involving Hassane and Majeed in which they discussed their extremist beliefs and their plans, then in September 2014 their plot was given further impetus after Daesh issued a 'fatwa', a message, to supporters to kill disbelievers in the west. The two men continued to hatch their plan, attempting to disguise their activities by the use of code, false Skype accounts and encrypted communications.

The plot was temporarily disrupted after Majeed, Hameltt and Cuffy were arrested in September 2014 and the gun, silencer and ammunition were seized by officers after being thrown out of a window by Majeed. It was following the arrest of Cuffy that the arsenal of four guns and ammunition were found.

In spite of this disruption Hassane returned to the UK intent on continuing with the plot. Hassane researched Shepherd's Bush Police Station and the Territorial Army Barracks in White City on his iPad looking at access points and CCTV locations on the buildings.

Sue Hemming, Head of Counter Terrorism Division, said: "In the space of just four months the two defendants, one of whom had sworn his allegiance to Daesh, conspired to murder individuals on the streets of the UK, probably including police officers or servicemen.

"The pair planned to find a weapon, an untraceable moped and a garage to hide it in. This was the final part of their plan and possibly the only thing stopping them from carrying out an act of terrorism.

"These are dangerous men with strong beliefs. Had their plot not been exposed when it was, I am in little doubt that they would have gone on to murder.

"This prosecution was due in great part to the diligence of my prosecutors, counsel and the police who worked closely together to build a strong case to present to a jury."


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