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Teen boy from Leeds appears at Old Bailey accused of plotting terrorism acts

A plea hearing has been set for July.

Two teenagers have appeared in front of a judge at the Old Bailey this morning on terrorism charges.

Al-Arafat Hassan, 19, and a 15-year-old boy from Leeds are each charged with a single count of preparation of terrorist acts.

The teenage boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of looking up and purchasing knives over the internet and researching how to acquire components for an explosive device between 9 January and 20 March this year.

Mr Hassan, from Enfield, north London, allegedly bought knives, acquired chemicals and conducted online research to acquire components for an explosive device.

He is also alleged to have prepared terrorist acts between 12 January and 27 February this year.

The defendants appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from custody this morning, Friday,  25 March.

Mr Justice Sweeney set a provisional trial at Leeds Crown Court on 4 October.

A plea hearing will take place on 29 July.

The defendants were remanded into custody.

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