Birkenhead man denies mosque blasts terrorist plot

A man has denied making improvised explosives and plotting to blow up mosques and Islamic centres.

Ian Forman, 42, of Shavington Avenue in Prenton, Birkenhead is charged with engaging in the conduct in the preparation of terrorist acts on or before 6 June.

He appeared via videolink at Kingston Crown Court earlier.

He was remanded in custody until his trial, also to be held at Kingston Crown Court and scheduled for 3 March.

Mr Forman was arrested on 5 September by officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit over concerns about chemical and explosive substances at a house in Wirral.

He is charged under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He is accused of possessing potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal, making and testing improvised explosive devices, and creating spreadsheets reflecting prices and stockists of the chemicals required.

Mr Forman is also accused of researching mosques and Islamic centres, labelling saved photographs of them "targets" and expressing an intention of "blowing them up" with the use of nails and ball bearings.

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    Everton press conference 17:06:

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    news on the hour 16:56: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

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    School's new sixth form 16:51:

    A new sixth form is opening in Halton for young people on the autistic spectrum., reports the Runcorn and Widnes World.

    Ashley School in Green Lane, Widnes will welcome its first intake of students in September.

     
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    Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a Liverpool man died following a collision involving a rented multi-seat bicycle.

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    On air 16:35: Simon Hoban BBC Radio Merseyside

    It all sounds a bit sci-fi, but the government has announced plans to make Britain a centre for new research into driverless vehicles (pictured), and for them to be tested on British roads from next year.

    We'll be discussing exactly how this could work.

    Driverless car

    We also hear how a meeting of St. Helens council cabinet is underway to consider introducing free parking on Saturdays in the town.

    And we'll have the latest on the appalling situation in the Middle East, with the Israel-Palestinian conflict showing no signs of resolving. Listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
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    Coming up 16:24: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    We hear how three teenagers have been arrested in connection with an incident in which a pensioner was in collision with a quad bike in Wirral.

    The 65-year-old was hit as he walked his dogs on New Brighton Promenade on Tuesday. He fell, suffering head injuries, and died in hospital.

    We'll also be showing CCTV footage of a man dressed as a clown who robbed a shop in Liverpool.

    Detectives believe he may have been in the Walton area acting as a charity collector before forcing staff in the Cheque Centre to hand over cash.

    I hope you can me and Stuart Flinders on BBC One from 18:30 or watch here.

     
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    'Lights out' to remember war 16:20:

    People in Liverpool are asked to switch off their lights for an hour on Monday for a shared moment of reflection to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.

    St George's Hall

    Britain declared war on Germany at 23:00 on 4 August 1914.

    Civic buildings taking part in the national tribute - between 22:00 and 23:00 - include St George's Hall (pictured) Liverpool Town Hall, and Albert Dock. Visit this website for more details.

     
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    Blues closing Lukaku deal 16:09: Mike Hughes BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Everton are poised to break their transfer record with the signing of Belgian international Romelu Lukaku.

    Romelu Lukaku

    During his loan spell from Chelsea last season he made a big impact and the confidence that Roberto Martinez had about his imminent return to Goodison were well placed.

    Sources in Belgium indicate he's agreed a five-year contract with Everton, the fee in excess of £20 million. The deal is expected to be confirmed within the next 24 hours.

     
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    news on the hour 15:59: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main story at 16:00 is the Hillsborough inquests have been hearing more criticism of the match commander on the day of the disaster, Ch Supt David Duckenfield.

     
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    Cameron means business 15:51: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

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    As speculation mounts about Everton's apparent record new signing Romelu Lukaku he posted this picture on Twitter and adds: "Time to write a new chapter."

    Romelu Lukaku

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    Hospital campaign success 15:25: Chester Chronicle
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    Besic 'determined and focussed' 15:19: James Mountford BBC Sport

    Here's Everton's new signing Muhamed Besic speaking to the media through an interpreter. The 21-year-old seems very determined and focused.

    Muhamed Besic
     
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    Hillsborough police chief 'no leader' 15:15: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    The match commander at Hillsborough was a "fish out of water" who didn't provide "true leadership", the Hillsborough inquests have heard.

    Leppings Lane entry

    PC Trevor Bichard, who worked inside the police's control box at Hillsborough, was asked about his views on Chief Supt David Duckenfield.

    Paul Greaney QC, who represents the Police Federation, asked: "The simple reality is that Mr Duckenfield was not a leader in that control room during that critical period, was he?"

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    No action for Moyes after incident 15:10:

    Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes will face no further action following an investigation into an incident at a Lancashire wine bar, police have said.

    David Moyes

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    News on the hour 14:58: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Osman on the record 14:43: BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Fresh from swinging off platforms for the three-day Giants spectacular, volunteer Paul Brown has described his experience of being a Lilliputian.

    Colin Bordley (far right) with his fellow Lilliputians

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    More on road rage murder 14:16:

    A lorry driver who drove his 17-tonne truck over another motorist's head has been jailed for life.

    Mark Slater, 47, from Oldham, who was convicted on Tuesday, was told he would serve at least 15 years for murdering Trevor Allen, 56, from Salford.

    Slater will be banned from driving for five years on his release from jail.

    A jury at Chester Crown Court convicted him after three and a half hours of deliberations at the end of a week-long trial.

     
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    News on the hour 13:59: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Grammy award winning guest 13:52: Claire Minter BBC Radio Merseyside

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    A man dressed as a clown is wanted by police over a robbery at a currency exchange in Liverpool.

    Clown robber

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    Lewis Tucker

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    Road rage killer jailed for life 12:16:

    A road rage lorry driver who drove his 17-tonne truck over another motorist's head, has been jailed for life at Chester Crown Court for murder.

    Mark Slater

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    Clown robber

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    Yankee Stadium

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  61.  
    100 new homes for town 10:38: St Helens Star

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    Luciana Berger

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    Sean's face value 10:18: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Sean Styles

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    PM's visit means business 10:13:

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    David Cameron

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    Quad bike CCTV released 10:05:

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    Quad bike

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    Lukaku

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    Police hunt 'clown' robber 09:28: Liverpool Echo
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  71.  
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    Gerrard

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  73.  
    News on the hour 09:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

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    OAP dies after quad bike collision 08:51:

    Police in Wirral are searching for a four-wheeled bike that was in collision with a pensioner, who died in hospital.

    New Brighton Promenade

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    Det Insp John Griffith says officers are looking for up to four young people in connection with the incident.

     
  75.  
    Road blocked by bricks 08:45:

    BBC Travel News says Burtonwood Road in Burtonwood is partially blocked at M62 junction 8, because of a shed load of bricks. On the roundabout.

     
  76.  
    Rodgers ready for City clash 08:38:

    Brendan Rodgers says he has no qualms about the prospect of taking on Premier League champions Manchester City in just the second game of the new season, even though he admits they'll be the "benchmark" for 2014-15.

    Brendan Rogers

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  77.  
    Traffic news 08:23: Jenny Summers BBC Radio Merseyside

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  78.  
    Two held after shooting 08:16:

    Two people have been arrested after shots were fired at a house in North Liverpool last night.

    Montrovia Crescent

    Officers discovered window damage at the property on Montrovia Crescent in Fazakerley, before tracking down a 48-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy.

    They are being questioned by detectives, while forensic experts are at the scene.

     
  79.  
    'Sunny spells' 08:11: Mel Coles BBC Weather

    It won't be a sunny start, but all is not lost.

    BBC weather

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  80.  
    News on the hour 08:02: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 08:00 include

    • There could be free parking in St. Helens every Saturday if the council approves the idea later
     
  81.  
    Good morning 08:00: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

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