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Newcastle man sentenced for live streaming bomb hoax

|News, Violent crime

A Newcastle man who live-streamed a bomb hoax has been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today.

Fahid Arshad, 23, of Heatherslaw Road in Fenham, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to a charge of communicating false information with intent. He was sentenced to 12 months custody suspended for two years.

The charge had been brought in relation to an incident in September of 2017 when Arshad used the mobile phone app, Periscope, to broadcast a video of his hands placing wire cutters next to a device resembling a bomb. During the video, he could also be heard making references to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

The video was reported to police by a concerned member of the public and the Periscope account was traced to an electronics store at which Arshad worked.

Veronica Jordan of CPS North East said: “At the time this offence was committed Fahid Arshad, by his own admission, was a ‘self-radicalised’ sympathiser of ISIS after viewing online material which promoted their extremist ideology.

"During the police investigation, a search of his laptop unearthed a number of songs, or Nasheeds, which advocated Jihad and aimed to recruit others to the cause of ISIS.

“Working closely with counter-terrorism police the Crown Prosecution Service has helped build a robust case against Fahid Arshad, leaving him little option but to plead guilty to this offence.

"While the outcome in this case could have been significantly more grave, it does still illustrate the potential consequences of online exposure to extremist material.”

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Veronica Jordan is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS North East

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