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Man appears in court accused of plotting terror attack at London mosque

Steven Bishop was charged with terror offences at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Picture: Google)
Steven Bishop was charged with terror offences at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Picture: Google)

A man has appeared in court accused of planning a terror attack at a south London mosque.

Steven Bishop, 40, of Thornton Heath, London, faces one charge of engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to an intention to commit acts of terrorism.

A second charge accuses him of making a record of information of a kind likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Bishop appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court dressed in a grey tracksuit.

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He spoke only to give his name, date of birth and address.

He gave his nationality as “white British”.

The court heard he was arrested after his recovery worker contacted police on October 28 following a conversation in which he stated he planned to carry out a bombing attack on a mosque.

Prosecutor Simon Drew said: “He told her he was going to make a bomb and blow up a mosque in a suicide mission.

“He went on to tell her he bought Semtex and a detonator on the Dark Web.”

His lawyer, Tim Forte, indicated not guilty pleas will be made to the charges and made no application for bail.

Bishop’s next court appearance will be at the Old Bailey on November 23.

Police also arrested a 47-year-old man in south London on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, but he has since been released without charge.