Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mosque Bomb Plotter Was Fixated with Young Victim of Manchester Arena Attack

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mosque Bomb Plotter Was Fixated with Young Victim of Manchester Arena Attack

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Byline: TESS DE LA MARE Reporter jnl.newesdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk

AMAN who plotted to bomb a south London mosque after becoming fixated on the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack has been jailed for four years.

Steven Bishop, 41, of Thornton Heath, south London, stockpiled fireworks and researched how to build explosives.

His room in sheltered accommodation was raided by counter-terror police on October 29 last year after he showed his key worker images of objects he said he was collecting to make a bomb.

Bishop looked up the Manchester, London Bridge and Paris terror attacks using a phone he bought on October 18.

He repeatedly searched for memorials to the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack - eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos.

On October 23 last year he made a PS40 donation to the Manchester Emergency Fund set up on the website Just Giving with the comment: "So sad that this happened to little kids."

A second donation for the same amount made the same day was accompanied by the comment: "I'm in love with my buitiful [sic] Saffie god bless you xx."

Bishop also searched the "Find a Grave" website looking for Saffie-Rose's resting place.

He commented "god bless little Saffie" on a Facebook video called "Standing for Britain" which featured some of the victims of the Manchester attack, adding: "Don't worry something bad is going to happen soon mark my words."

He had researched explosive detonators, made a set of handwritten notes and searched online for the Morden mosque, detectives discovered.

Bishop denied preparation of an act of terrorism, but admitted an alternative charge of possession of an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause damage to property on the first day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court.

He previously admitted a charge of possession of information likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism. …

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