Portsmouth man charged with terrorism offences appears in court

A police officer stands guard outside the house in Hudson Road, Southsea, where Tuhin Shanesha was arrested. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142944-927)

A police officer stands guard outside the house in Hudson Road, Southsea, where Tuhin Shanesha was arrested. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142944-927)

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A SOUTHSEA terror suspect has been remanded in custody. after making his first appearance in court.

Tuhin Shanesha, 26, of Hudson Road in Southsea, Portsmouth, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London yesterday charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism.

The bearded defendant, who wore a dark brown top and glasses and had his hair in a ponytail, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

Prosecutor Mark Dawson told the court at the short hearing: ‘The defendant is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism, which is an indictable-only offence.

‘I therefore invite the court to send the matter to the Central Criminal Court.’

District Judge John Zani sent the case to the Old Bailey in London.

Shanesha is due to appear in court there on November 14.

District Judge Zani ordered him to remain in custody until his next court appearance.

Police said Shanesha was charged under Section Five of the Terrosism Act 2006.

He was one of four people who were arrested as part of a number of warrants executed across Hampshire and London by officers from the South East Counter-Terrorism Unit (Sectu) on October 14.

Sectu officers worked alongside colleagues from Hampshire Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police on the opreations.

Police confirmed at the time that the arrests were all related to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

A 23-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman remain in police custody.

A 29-year-old woman from Greenwich was released without charge.

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