Extremist Steven Bishop jailed in UK for plotting to bomb mosque

The Morden Mosque which UK man Stephen Bishop plotted to bomb.
The Morden Mosque which UK man Stephen Bishop plotted to bomb. Photo credit: Supplied/Google

UK man Steven Bishop, 43, has been jailed for plotting to bomb a mosque in an act of vengeance for a Manchester Arena terror attack victim.

Metro.co.uk reports Bishop, who had researched the Manchester, London Bridge and Paris terror attacks using a phone he bought on October 18, was sentenced to four years at Kingston Crown Court in London on Wednesday (local time).

He declared "something bad is going to happen soon" on Facebook, just five days before police raided his home, and seized tampered fireworks, a detonator and fuse on October 29, Metro.co.uk reports.

Bishop had also repeatedly searched for memorials to the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena attack - eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos.

He claimed he used the dark web to buy materials for a homemade bomb because the voice of Saffie-Rose had "told him to".

Judge Peter Lodder QC said police discovered commercial scale fireworks, a remote detonator and other explosive paraphernalia.

"You said you had wanted to get revenge for the eight-year-old girl killed in Manchester, and you had looked up how the terrorist had made bombs used in the attack.

"You are 41-years-of-age, you have 18 convictions for 34 offences - they are not directly relevant, but there are a number of offences of violence and most recently on the 13th of September last year, for racially aggravated assault to an Asian police officer."

Bishop was sentenced to four years in prison for having explosive substances with intent to endanger life; two years concurrent for possession of information likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism; and a day concurrent for breach of a conditional discharge given to him following the racially aggravated assault.


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