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Man appears in court charged with terrorism offence

An 18-year-old man has appeared in court, charged with a terrorism offence.

Matthew King (4.10.2003) of Essex, was arrested by officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command on 18 May at an address in Essex.

On Tuesday, 31 May he was charged with preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to Section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 . He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 1 June and was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 10 June.

On Friday, 20 May, a 17-year-old girl was arrested at an address in east London as part of the same investigation. She was arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

A warrant of further detention application was granted by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 21 May, allowing detectives to keep her in custody until Friday, 27 May, but she has now been released without charge.

The investigation has been led by officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command and from our enquiries to date, there is not believed to be any imminent threat to the public.

Enquiries continue.