Two Men Given Life Sentences for Shepherd's Bush Terror Plot

DAESH supporter and ringleader Tarik Hassane will serve a minimum of 21 years

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Four men have been jailed for their parts in a conspiracy to commit a terrorist murder in Shepherd's Bush following an investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command. 

Tarik Hassane, 22, of Princess Alice House, Dalgarno Way, W10, and Suhaib Majeed, 22, of Cherwell House, Church Street Estate, NW8, were convicted of conspiring to commit a terrorist murder on Wednesday, March 23. 

Police surveillance footage of Majeed and Hassane

Police surveillance footage of Majeed and Hassane

They intended to attack Shepherd’s Bush police station and the army barracks in South Africa Road, targeting police, military or members of the public and then make their escape on a moped.

Two other men, Nyall Hamlett, 25 of Hanwell House, Great Western Road, W2, and Nathan Cuffy, 26 of Sandbourne House, Dartmouth Close, W11, pleaded guilty to firearms offences. They were found not guilty of conspiring to commit a terrorist murder. 

Today, Friday, April 22, they received the following sentences:

Hassane was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been ordered to serve a minimum of 21 years;

Majeed also received a life sentence and was ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison;

Hamlett was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment and Cuffy was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

In addition, Hassane and Majeed will be subject to a terrorist notification period of 30 years under the Terrorist Act 2008 upon their release from prison.

Shepherd's Bush Police Station

Territorial Army Barracks, South Africa Road

Territorial Army Barracks, South Africa Road

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: "The lengthy sentences handed down today reflect the seriousness of this terrorist plot. In this case terrorists used local criminals to acquire firearms and ammunition to commit a terrorist attack on the streets of London targeting the police, military or members of the public by means of a drive by shooting. 

"I want to pay tribute to the security and intelligence agencies, counter terrorism officers, and the Trident and Area Crime Command who worked together to intervene early to disrupt the plot and protect the public from any acts of terrorism."

The evidence uncovered by the Counter Terrorism Command's investigation showed that Hassane was the leader of the group, and having pledged an oath of allegiance to DAESH, or ISIS, on July 9, 2014, was determined to carry out a terrorist attack in the UK. 

 

 

Police interview with Tarik Hassane

Majeed and Hassane, who are close friends, were central figures in the plot, researching and planning their attack using coded communications. The court heard that Hamlett was the conduit and Cuffy the armourer who supplied the gun from a stash of firearms he had hidden in his house.

Majeed, Hamlet and Cuffy were arrested between September 24 and 26 2014. During these arrests and searches of their home addresses, police recovered five firearms and ammunition. One of these firearms, a Baikal pistol, had both a silencer and ammunition and was intended for use in the plot.

Hassane, a medical student known to his friends as 'The Surgeon', was studying in the Sudan when his accomplices were arrested, but returned home to the UK on September 30 2014, still intent on his attack plan. He continued to conduct online research of Shepherds Bush Police Station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army Centre in White City using Google Maps. He was arrested on October 7 2014.

Following the arrests, police uncovered the full extent of the planned plot. 

Searches of addresses led to officers seizing hundreds of communication and storage devices. Extensive examination of these identified key devices that included two iPads, a memory card, three USB sticks, two laptops, an external hard drive and seven phones. These showed the group had been using various social media platforms across the devices with applications specifically downloaded to avoid detection. 

Majeed downloaded encrypted software to talk to extremist groups overseas and whilst police have never confirmed where the person was, officers do know they were in the same time zone as Syria. Evidence downloaded from these devices graphically demonstrated the extreme mindset of Hassane and Majeed. They had shared between them a Fatwa issued by Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, a leading member of DAESH, encouraging the murder of soldiers, police, security and intelligence agents. 

 

Hassane interviewed about planning the attacks

There were also many graphic images of beheadings and material in support of DAESH. These all provided valuable evidence of both the planning and the motivation of the plot which was put before the court.

The men were sufficiently advanced in their plans that prior to their arrest they had acquired a handgun, a silencer and ammunition and had plans to get a moped and identify somewhere to store them before and following the attack.

April 22, 2016

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