Muslim plotted attacks on Buckingham Palace and Elton John concert

A teenager has admitted plotting to bomb targets in London, having researched potential targets including Buckingham Palace and an Elton John concert.

Haroon Syed, 19, pleaded guilty on Thursday at the Old Bailey. Syed was “researching, planning and attempting to source” materials for homemade explosive devices for use in the UK.

The court heard how Syed tried to get weapons online, including a bomb vest or explosives, and trawled the web to find a busy area in the capital such as Oxford Circus to launch a mass casualty attack.

Syed was caught chatting online with officers from the British Security Service, who posed as a fellow extremist who could help him source the weapons.