A plea trial and preparation hearing date has today, Friday, 1 November been set for a 36-year-old woman charged with terrorism offences following an investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.
On Wednesday, 16 October, Safiyya Amira Shaikh (25.05.83) of Hayes, Middlesex was charged with the following offences:
Preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006; On and between 19 August 2019 and 10 October 2019 with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention, namely:
i. Made contact with a person she believed to be able to assist in preparing explosives; ii. Researched methods and decided on a plan to carry out a terrorist act; iii. Travelled to London and stayed at a hotel to conduct reconnaissance; iv. noted the hotel’s suitability as a target for a bomb; v. Attended St Paul’s to scope it, for security and for the best place to plant a second bomb; vi. Met and supplied, a person with two bags with the intention and belief that explosive devices would be fitted into the bags; vii. Prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to Daesh/Islamic State.
Dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to section 2 TACT, 2006; On various dates between 19 August 2019 and 10 October 2019, disseminated terrorist publications via Telegram groups and channels under her control, intending an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement, or would be the provision of assistance, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, contrary to section 2 (1) and 2 (2) (e) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Shaikh appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court where she was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey today.
She was today remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey again on 21 February 2020.