A Wrexham man has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Aabid Ali, 48, who appeared at Manchester Crown Court today, pleaded guilty to two counts under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – Possession of a document likely to be useful to a person preparing to commit an act of terrorism and one charge under Section One of the Terrorism Act 2006 – Encouragement of terrorism.
Ali, who is originally from Manchester and was formerly known as Darren Glennon.
He was arrested at an address on Yale Park as he returned from work on Thursday 10th November as part of a pre-planned and intelligence-led operation between Wales Extremism Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) and West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU).
Ali was in possession of two magazines, published from proscribed organisations that contained bomb making instructions.
Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki of North Wales Police said: “North Wales Police has strong links with the Muslim community and members of that community have worked with us to provide support to this investigation.
“Extremism and radicalisation is something that we continue to be constantly vigilant about. We also work hard to ensure that efforts to victimise or commit hate crime against Muslim communities across North Wales are met with a no tolerance approach. It is crucially important that this work continues.
“Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them. To effectively combat the terrorism threat the police, businesses, government and the general public need to work together.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Anti-Terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321. The public can also anonymously refer terrorist internet-based content to the Counter Terrorist Internet Referral Unit at www.direct.gov.uk/reportingonlineterrorism
Searches ongoing at Yale Park after yesterdays terror related arrest at this house – flashes inside house with photography ongoing pic.twitter.com/KoaRb6ZSsB
— Wrexham.com (@wrexham) November 11, 2016
Top Pic: The house on Yale Park off Mold Road where he was arrested.