An investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) has led to a man pleading guilty to planning acts of terrorism in the UK.
Lewis Ludlow, 26-years-old, of Warren Wood Road, Rochester pleaded guilty today (10/8) to one count of engaging in preparation of terrorist acts and one count of arranging money for acts of terrorism.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, head of the CTPSE, said: “Ludlow was planning an attack in the UK after he had sworn an oath of allegiance to Deash. Ludlow had gone as far as writing out attack plans and conducting reconnaissance of potential targets.
“An investigation led by detectives in Counter Terrorism Policing South East working closely with Kent Police led to Ludlow being stopped before he was able to finalise his plans to carry out an attack. We are pleased with his guilty plea, which demonstrates the quality of evidence gathering by detectives working on this investigation. Ludlow was a dangerous individual and I have no doubt that the public will be much safer as a result of our actions.
“The threat to the UK from international terrorism is SEVERE, meaning an attack is highly likely. Last year’s tragic events in London and Manchester remind us that attacks can occur at any time or place and without warning.
“The threat comes principally from Daesh (ISIL, ISIS & IS) and al Qaida, and groups and individuals who are directed, encouraged or inspired by them. The level of threat is complex and ranges from lone actors intent on carrying out crude attacks to sophisticated networks pursuing ambitious and coordinated plots.
“We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to police, in confidence on 0800 789 321 or gov.uk/ACTor in an emergency the public should always call 999. If you get caught up in the event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice. In the event of an attack, encourage everyone to follow the local police Twitter account and @TerrorismPolice.”
Ludlow was arrested by detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing South East in April and was charged on 30 April. He pleaded guilty to one count of entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement as a result of which money or property is made available to another, contrary to section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and one count of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006 today at the Central Criminal Court.
He was remanded into custody to appear for sentencing on 2 November 2018 at the Central Criminal Court.
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