Nine men appeared in court by prison videolink accused of a plot to target landmark sites such as the Stock Exchange, the Houses of Parliament and the US Embassy. They are alleged to have also targeted political and religious figures in the plot in the run-up to Christmas, police said.
The suspects from Cardiff, London and Stoke-on-Trent, were arrested following a series of dawn raids by counter-terrorism officers on December 21. They are charged with conspiring to cause explosions likely to endanger life or damage property between November 6 and December 21. A further charge alleges they were preparing for acts of terrorism between the same dates. This was said to be by agreeing potential targets, carrying out reconnaissance, attending meetings, igniting and testing incendiary material and researching and discussing materials and methods.