A brother and sister appeared in court charged over an alleged plot to carry out a mass casualty attack on Gay pride.
They’ve been charged with terror offences including, training with wooden swords and booking a firearms course.
Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 28, and Sneha Chowdhury, 25, were arrested in Luton by the Metropolitan Police on 3 July following a vehicle stop.
The pair, of Kirkwood Road, Luton, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The investigation is reported to have uncovered an alleged terror plot in its early stages against London’s Gay Pride.
He was remanded in custody charged with preparing acts of terrorism, while she faces two charges and was bailed.
The preparing acts of terrorism charge relates to carrying out weight, fitness and martial arts training; purchasing and training with bokkens (wooden training swords); booking a firearms training course; requesting and selecting a firearm, and researching and requesting that another person research potential attack targets.
Mr Chowdhury is also accused of one count of possessing a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism and one count of disseminating terrorist publications.
He did not enter a plea during the hearing and spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and nationality as British.
His sister indicated she would plead not guilty to two charges of failing to disclose information relating to an alleged plot to carry out a mass casualty act of terrorism.
Full credit must go to our security services for thwarting what could’ve been a catastrophic outcome considering the thousands of people who attend the annual Gay pride event in central London.
They are due at the Old Bailey on 29 July.