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Middlesbrough man appeared at court charged with an offence of making or possessing explosives

A 21-year-old man from Middlesbrough appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court this morning on terrorism charges following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by Cleveland Police.

During the hearing, Anwar Driouich of The Avenue, Middlesbrough was further charged with an offence of Making or possessing explosives under suspicious circumstances, contrary to Section 4 of the Explosives Act 1883.

Driouich had already been charged with seven counts of Possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a person preparing or committing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000, following his arrest in North London on Saturday, August 31.

Chief Superintendent Dave Sutherland from Cleveland Police said: “I know that the nature of this police activity will be concerning to residents in our local communities, and I want to reassure people that public safety is our main priority.

“You will see increased patrols from our neighbourhood teams and I would ask anyone with concerns to speak to these officers. The activity is intelligence led and pre-planned and we are working closely with our colleagues from Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

“Our aim is to keep people as updated and informed as we are able to given the sensitive nature of this investigation. We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding while we carry out this work.”

He has been remanded in custody until his next appearance at the Old Bailey on October 4, 2019.