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Muslim convert Lewis Ludlow from Rochester accused of planning terror attacks on Oxford Street and Madame Tussauds

By KentOnline reporter

A Muslim convert accused of planning terrorist attacks on Oxford Street and Madame Tussauds has appeared in court.

He is also charged with trying to join Daesh, otherwise known as Islamic State, in the Philippines.

Ginger Lewis Ludlow, 26, researched and made written plans to attack the tourist hotspots in the capital from his home in Warren Wood Road in Rochester, it is alleged.

Warren Wood Road in Rochester during the police investigation in April
Warren Wood Road in Rochester during the police investigation in April

He told Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot "I declare myself innocent of that charge" as three charges were read out at Westminster Magistrates Court today.

Mark Dawson, prosecuting, said: "Charge one relates to the defendant's intention to travel to the Philippines to join Daesh there.

"Charge two relates to the contact he has with Abu Yaqeen, a man in the Philippines to send money to the benefit of IS fighters in the Philippines.

"Charge three relates to the defendant planning a large scale multiple casualty vehicle-bourne attack perhaps in the Oxford Street area of London and Madame Tussauds.

The overweight terror suspect wore a Muslim skull cap, a green t-shirt and prison issue tracksuit bottoms in the dock.

Warren Wood Road in Rochester during the police investigation in April
Warren Wood Road in Rochester during the police investigation in April

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: "The defendant has planned an attack in central London, Madame Tussauds and the Oxford Street area.

"I will not be granting him bail."

Ludlow faces two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism between March 11 and April 19 this year.

He also faces a single count of arranging funds or property for the purposes of terrorism on or before February 3, 2018.

No bail application was made and he was remanded in custody.

He will appear before the Central Criminal Court on May 11.

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