Man charged with plotting terror attack at maternity unit

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A man arrested outside a maternity unit in Leeds last week has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack. Nick Price, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The CPS has authorised Counter Terrorism Police North East to charge a man with a terrorism offence after he was arrested outside St James’s Hospital in Leeds last Friday (January 20).

Mr Price continued: “Mohammed Farooq, 27, of Leeds, has been charged with preparation of a terrorist act, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006.

“He has also been charged with possession of an explosive substance and possession of an imitation firearm.

“We remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mohammed Farooq are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Friday 27 January).

Wards on the hospital’s Gledhow wing were evacuated as a result of discovery of a suspicious package on January 20.

Army specialists and a bomb disposal unit were called in.

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