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.

Fireworks hobby

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.

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