Mosques bomb plot: Birkenhead man convicted of terrorism offence
A man from Merseyside who plotted to blow up mosques and Islamic centres has been convicted of a terror offence.
At Kingston Crown Court Ian Forman, 42, of Birkenhead, was found guilty of engaging in the conduct in the preparation of terrorist acts.
Police found a homemade improvised explosive, a replica Nazi uniform and plans to bomb mosques and Islamic centres in a raid on his Prenton home.
Forman, who denied the offence, will be sentenced on 1 May.
Police said concerns were raised about Forman by colleagues at a glass recycling firm in Ellesmere Port.
He was found to have been on the internet at work researching chemicals and explosive substances, said police.
In a subsequent disciplinary meeting he claimed his research was for his hobby, making homemade fireworks.
But police were called and during a search of his house officers found a number of chemical substances, a crude homemade improvised explosive device and a replica Nazi uniform.
Officers said seized computers showed evidence of internet research into a number of mosques in Merseyside, including Penny Lane Mosque, Liverpool and Wirral Cultural Centre, Birkenhead; video clips showing Forman experimenting with explosives and a homemade anti-Islam video.