Six men from the West Midlands have been jailed for up to 19-and-a-half years each for planning to bomb an English Defence League rally.

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Six men from the West Midlands have been jailed for up to 19-and-a-half years each for planning to bomb an English Defence League rally.

Omar Khan, Jewel Uddin, Mohammed Hasseen, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Anzal Hussain had all admitted terrorism offences in April.

Five of them had taken a bomb, knives and sawn-off shotguns to last June’s rally in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

But the plotters arrived two hours after the EDL event had ended.

The men, who all lived in or near Birmingham, were caught by chance after a car being used by two of them, and carrying weapons, was stopped by police on the M1 after the rally and found to have no insurance.

‘Horrible weapon’

At the Old Bailey, Khan, Uddin and Ahmed were sentenced to 19-and-a-half years in jail, with a five-year extension on licence.

Hasseen, Hussain and Saud were jailed for 18 years and nine months, with a five-year extension on licence.

Extended sentences, introduced in England and Wales last year, mean offenders serve at least two-thirds of their main sentence in custody. After release, they are on licence in the community for the rest of their sentence plus the extension part.

Is it April fools day?

Osman Iqbal, 35, from Birmingham, appeared alongside nine co-defendants at Nuneaton magistrates on Tuesday.

A policed officer has appeared in court on charges of managing a brothel, money laundering and conspiring to supply Class A drugs.

Osman Iqbal, 35, from Birmingham, appeared alongside nine co-defendants at Nuneaton magistrates on Tuesday.

The West Midlands Police officer, who is currently suspended from duty, was granted conditional bail to appear for a pre-trial hearing at the Crown Court in Leamington on May 14.

Prosecutor Jan Holman said the “large complex” case against the group of seven men and three women stemmed from an 18-month investigation into an alleged operation involving two brothels in central London and car hire companies.

Iqbal is charged with managing a brothel, conspiring to transfer criminal property, conspiring to possess and supply a controlled drug, plus five charges of misconduct in public office while being a serving police officer.

Talib Hussain, 32, and Atif Hussain, 25, both from Birmingham, have been charged with conspiracy to manage a brothel, conspiracy to money launder and conspiracy to possess Class A drugs, with intent to supply.

Asri Hussain, 23, also from Birmingham, and Jennifer Williams, 30, from Cradley Heath, have been charged with conspiracy to manage a brothel and conspiracy to possess Class A drugs, with intent to supply.

Ms Sadiff Nazam-Hussain, 34, from Birmingham, is charged with one offence of money laundering, while Nasser Ali, 49, and Ms Raheela Ali, 43, both from Ilford in Essex, have been charged with conspiracy to manage a brothel.

Ben Disha, 43, and Fadil Hyseni, 30, both from Harrow, Middlesex, have been charged with conspiracy to manage a brothel.

6 guilty in Birmingham riots 2011 – all black.

A 27-year-old man has been convicted of firearms possession after police officers were shot at during last summer’s riots in Birmingham.

Jermaine Lewis, of Summerton Road in Oldbury in the West Midlands, was also found guilty of reckless arson and riot at Birmingham Crown Court.

Five others have already been convicted of the same charges after 12 shots were fired at police in August.

The West Midlands force helicopter was also shot at.

Tyrone Laidley, 20, Nicholas Francis, 26, of Thetford Road, Great Barr in Birmingham, Renardo Farrell, 20, of The Terrace, Finchfield in Wolverhampton and Wayne Collins, 25, from Ouseley Close in Luton, Bedfordshire, were all convicted of riot, reckless arson and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

Arson attack

A teenager, 17, who cannot be named, was convicted of riot and firearms offences but cleared of arson.

They will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday.

Jermaine Lewis Lewis was part of the group that fired at police

Joyah Campbell, 19, of Hanover Court, Aston, in Birmingham and another 17-year-old were cleared of the same charges.

The court heard during the trial that the force helicopter had been shot at by Laidley, of Chadsmoor Terrace, Nechells, in the early hours of 10 August.

Police footage showed a man appear to drop to one knee by a car in Clifton Close, Aston, and point a gun at the helicopter, prosecutor Andrew Lockhart QC said.

It was targeted after 12 shots were fired at police called to an arson attack on the Bartons Arms pub.

Small fires were started at the Grade II-listed pub but put out without anyone being hurt.

‘Blocking carriageway’

Furniture was taken outside and from a nearby nightclub and used to blockade the A34, a main route in and out of the city, in what police said was a deliberate attempt to lure officers to the scene and attack them.

As many as four guns were present during the incident, Mr Lockhart added.

The shots went above and below officers but West Midlands Police said it could have easily become a murder investigation.

Senior investigating officer Det Insp Andy Bannister said: “It was pre-orchestrated with a view to creating an incident which we would say was setting fire to the Bartons Arms pub with complete disregard to the residents upstairs before blocking the carriageway to draw police officers there and attack them.

“It’s completely distinct from any other experience that I’ve had where police officers arrive and individuals ditch their weapons or run away.”