Terror charge after Suffolk arrest

A MAN found with a suspected explosive device at a Suffolk railway station has been charged with terrorism offences.

A MAN found with a suspected explosive device at a Suffolk railway station was tonight charged with terrorism offences.

Neil Lewington, 43, of Church End Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, was stopped by officers in Lowestoft last Thursday after allegations he had been abusive to train staff.

The device was discovered following a search by police and the bomb disposal squad was called to make it safe.

He was originally arrested and charged by Suffolk police with possession of an article to cause criminal damage and a public order offence.

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He was brought before Lowestoft magistrates on Saturday, bailed and immediately arrested by the Metropolitan Police.

A search warrant of his semi-detached home was executed by counter-terrorism command officers at the weekend.

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Tonight, the Metropolitan Police confirmed he had been charged with 11 offences, including possessing two explosive devices.

Lewington is accused of being in possession of a number of articles connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000 and 2006.

These include two improvised explosive devices, seven timers, four containers of Sodium Chlorate weed killer, three tennis balls and firelighters.

He is also suspected of having a book entitled Counter Bomb, and a UK members handbook for the Waffen SS, the combat arm of Hitler's paramilitary forces.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday morning at 10am.

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