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Man who ‘wanted to throw grenade at police station’ convicted of terror and explosives offenses

A man who said he wanted to throw a grenade at a police station has been convicted of terror and explosives offenses.

Mohammed Chowdhury, 24, was arrested after meeting with an undercover police officer who was posing as an arms dealer at a Costa Coffee branch in London.

Chowdhury paid £ 300 for what he believed to be a real grenade, but was immediately arrested in a sting by armed police.

He was convicted of attempting to possess an explosive with intent to endanger life or property on Wednesday, following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Chowdhury had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing documents likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, but was not charged with planning a terror attack himself.

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Following his arrest on February 5, 2020, he made several phone calls to relatives from prison where he told them what he wanted to do with the grenade.

In one call to his mother and sister, he said he wanted "to chuck it in the station area", adding: "I wanted to do something serious like on the TV."

Speaking to his mother in March 2020, he said: “I don’t care about the judge or the police and that. I wanted to hurt one of them, innit. I was getting annoyed. That's why I went, that's why I went to get the thingy. "

Chowdhury suggested he could have concealed the grenade in a place where it would have “blown up in their face”, but then added: “If I would have got that I would have chucked it at the station, innit, I don't care . ”

He said he wanted to do "something bad" and told his mother: "I don’t care if I see any legs or anything or someone’s legs coming off. Something like that."

Prosecutor Alistair Richardson told jurors: "When Mr Chowdhury did try to come into possession of the hand grenade, he was clearly intending to use it to put life in danger or to cause serious damage."

Chowdhury had previous dealings with the police in November 2019, when he was prosecuted after brandishing an ax outside Stepney Green Underground Station in east London.

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