Four Muslims charged with terror offences after Birmingham raid

Decision to prosecute comes on day that two men are arrested in London on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts

Four men from the Midlands have been charged with planning terrorist acts after a major security operation saw the bomb squad called to examine suspect material in a central Birmingham property.

The men were arrested on 26 August in a series of raids in Birmingham and Stoke and counter-terrorism officials believe they may have disrupted a plot to attack Britain which was possibly imminent.

Each of the four charged men is accused of preparing terrorist acts between 26 May and 27 August 2016.

The charges were authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service on Thursday and come amid a heightened fear of an attack on the United Kingdom. Police said one man aged 18 who was arrested in Birmingham had been released without charge.

Also on Thursday, a separate inquiry unconnected to the Birmingham case resulted in London police arresting two men aged 19 and 20 allegedly involved in preparing an act of terrorism.

Those charged are two Birmingham men, Naweed Ali, 28, and Khobaib Hussain, 24, both of Evelyn Road, Sparkhill. The others – Mohibur Rahman, 31, and Tahir Aziz, 37 – are both from Stoke.