Nelson man accused of aiding terrorists by sharing Prince George school details

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Husnain Rashid in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where he appeared accused of helping would-be terrorists prepare attacks, including by sharing a photo of Prince George and his school address on social media
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Husnain Rashid in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where he appeared accused of helping would-be terrorists prepare attacks, including by sharing a photo of Prince George and his school address on social media

A Nelson man has appeared in court accused of helping would-be terrorists prepare attacks, including by sharing a photo of Prince George and his school address on social media.

Husnain Rashid, 31, allegedly made the post about the four-year-old prince on messaging app Telegram, along with other posts which allegedly could help others identify UK targets such as stadiums.

Prosecutors at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday also alleged that he planned to travel to Syria to join Islamic State as the militant group fights to retain a foothold in the country.

Rashid, who appeared in the dock wearing a grey tracksuit and glasses and spoke only to confirm his name and address, is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism and one count of assisting others to prepare acts of terrorism.

The British national, of Leonard Street, Nelson, was arrested on Wednesday November 22 by officers from Lancashire Police and Counter Terrorism Policing.

Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded balding Rashid, who had a large beard, in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20.