Portsmouth man remanded on terrorism offences

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Police outside student accommodation in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth on Friday Picture Ben Fishwick

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A PORTSMOUTH terror suspect has been remanded in custody.

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

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

Prosecutor Mark Dawson told the court: ‘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, where the first realistic date is November 14.’

District Judge John Zani sent the case to the Old Bailey, where Shanesha will appear on November 14, and remanded him in custody.

Shanesha was one of four people 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.

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.