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#multitasking sometime award-winning BBC Home Affairs Correspondent. Terrorism/law/Immigration/policing/security. There is some good news in there too.

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Here are Umar Haque, Abuthaler Mamun and Nadeem Patel in the Old Bailey dock. Fourth defendant Muhammad Abid was not present for the opening day: https://t.co/WAOkbTMSdr
When he was arrested, Haque had allegedly amassed a target list including (among others) the "Queen's guard", courts, Transport for London, Shia Muslims, Westfield shopping centre, banks, Heathrow, Parliament, the EDL, embassies and media. He denies preparing for act of terrorism
Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC tells the jury Haque's "zeal" as a loyal ISIS follower extended to trying to recruit children aged 11 to 14 years old at Ripple Road Mosque in Barking. He exposed them to jihadist videos & made them role-play attacking police & others scenarios
Jury sworn in for this complicated trial. Prosecutors say Umar Haque wanted to carry out one or more attacks in early 2017, inspired by events. He allegedly recruited three others around him who are also on trial today.
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