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Farhad Salah: Man guilty of plotting terror attack using bomb in driverless car

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A man has been found guilty of planning a terror attack using a remote-controlled vehicle containing a bomb.

Farhad Salah, 24, was found guilty of preparing to commit acts of terrorism at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, following a five-week trial.

Jurors heard how Salah, of Brunswick Road in Sheffield, posted on social media about using a driverless car in an attack.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on his co-defendant, Chesterfield chip-shop owner Andy Star, 32, who was charged with the same offence.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Farhad Salah (left) and Andy Star (second right) at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London where they appeared in 2018 (PA)

This is the second time Salah and Mr Star have been tried on these charges after a jury failed to reach verdicts on either man in a trial last year.

Judge Paul Watson QC told Mr Star a decision had been made that he should not face a second retrial and a not guilty verdict was recorded in his case.

He said Mr Star could go free but was informed that he would continue to be detained on immigration matters.

Salah will be sentenced on July 24, Judge Watson said.

Prosecutors told the court that Salah and Mr Star were in the early stages of testing small improvised explosive devices when they were arrested in December 2017.

High-profile raids on their homes in a Sheffield community centre and a Chesterfield fish-and-chip shop on December 19  revealed a number of suspected weapons.

But Mr Star has always insisted that gunpowder and other items found in his flat above the shop were all connected to his long-standing interest in fireworks.

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