The Manchester Arena and Parsons Green bombers have appeared in court charged with assaulting a prison officer.

Hashem Abedi said: "I did assault that filthy pig but I don't see any wrongdoing in doing that".

Ahmed Hassan said the judge was destined for "hellfire"
The pair appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court from different rooms at HMP Frankland, County Durham.

They are accused of assaulting the officer together at London's Belmarsh prison last May.

Abedi is accused of assaulting a second officer during the same incident
The pair were sent to Woolwich Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on 5 May.

Another terrorist prisoner, Muhammed Saeed, is also a defendant in the case
Hassan initially refused to give his details, unless he could make some points, before then indicating not guilty pleas.

Abedi refused to indicate a plea, which is when he then made the pig comment and said "this is my plea"
Hashem Abedi murdered the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017.

Hassan attempted to murder tube travellers in London later that year
Hassan moaned about access to case papers and told the Chief Magistrate “I want you to know that I hate you very much because you’re a judge judging by other than the law of Allah. Second, you’ll be destined for hellfire unless you repent and submit yourself to the law of Allah”
Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring told the pair, who were legally unrepresented, it was up to them to "do something about it" if they wanted lawyers at their next court appearance in May.

He also corrected Hassan on his legal complaint

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1 Apr
BREAKING: A Metropolitan Police officer has been convicted of membership of the banned neo-Nazi terrorist organisation National Action.

Benjamin Hannam, 22, from north London, is the first British officer to be convicted of a terrorism offence
He remained in NA after it was outlawed.

Hannam then joined the police after lying about his past in an application form.

He was also convicted of two counts of fraud and two counts of possessing information useful to a terrorist
Reporting restrictions had prevented any publicity about the case due to a planned second trial involving sexual offences.

Bur he pleaded guilty last week to possessing prohibited images of children.

He only entered the guilty plea after the trial one jury had retired
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The terrorist threat level for the UK is moved from substantial (meaning an attack is likely) to severe (an attack is highly likely).

The decision is made by Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre.

It had been downgraded to substantial a year ago tomorrow
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There have also been three alleged terrorist plots
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It follows attacks in France and Austria
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The Arena Inquiry hears about criticisms that an expert has made of the fire and rescue service response on the night of the bomb
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It was different from that used by other services during the initial response.

Fire engines did not arrive at the Arena until two hours after the attack
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The suggestion is that the latter could have resulted in a different response and resources being deployed to the scene more quickly
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The sentencing hearing for Hashem Abedi will get underway at 10:30am here at the Old Bailey in London.

In March, Abedi was convicted of murdering the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, the attempted murder of those who survived, and conspiracy to cause an explosion Image
Abedi disengaged from the proceedings several weeks into the trial.

Today the court will hear victim impact statements from those affected by the attack.

The background to the case is here…
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Mr Justice Jeremy Baker began proceedings just now by saying: “I have requested that Hashem Abedi to be brought to the Central Criminal Court”
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9 Jul 20
A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with membership of the banned neo-Nazi terrorist organisation National Action
Benjamin Hannam, 21, of north London, has been charged with - between December 2016 and January 2018 -belonging or professing to belong to a proscribed terrorist organisation.

He has also been charged possessing indecent images of children
Hannam has further been charged with two counts of fraud for allegedly making false claims in his applications to join the police, namely that he had not been a member of an organisation "similar to the BNP"
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A thread on some of the context around the @BBCPanorama we broadcast this week.

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But the violence and hatred encouraged is far broader…
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