South Shields man in court accused of terrorism charges

A man has appeared in court accused of terrorism offences and publishing material intended to stir up racial hatred.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 4:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 10:52 am

John Nimmo, 31, from South Shields, faced magistrates via videolink on Monday, December 16, following his arrest earlier this year and was granted conditional bail until the case against him is heard for the first time at London’s Old Bailey early next year.

He is charged with possessing a document likely to be of use to someone preparing an act of terrorism, namely The Anarchist Cookbook, between May 19 and July 4 this year.

Westminster Magistrates' Court, in London, heard on Monday afternoon that the publication contains information about explosive materials.

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The case against South Shields man John Nimmo was heard at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Nimmo, of Osborne Avenue, is also charged with providing a web link that enabled others to read a terrorist publication on July 4.

He is additionally accused of publishing a statement on May 22 on social media that allegedly intended to encourage the public to commit acts of terrorism and a charge of distributing a poster online that was intended to stir up racial hatred.

He is further charged with publishing written material on social media, allegedly intending to stir up hatred on the grounds of religion, on May 22 and a charge of posting articles on social media under a pseudonym between February 22 and July 11 while prohibited from doing so.

He appeared via video link from South Tyneside Magistrates' Court, in South Shields, following his arrest by counter-terrorism officers on August 29.

Nimmo, who entered no plea to all of the six charges, was granted conditional bail by chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot.

His bail conditions state he must reside in South Shields at Osborne Avenue, not access any form of social media and not access the internet, except when using a specified device for the sole purpose of seeking employment.

He must also provide police with access to that device and not delete any internet history.

Nimmo is due to appear at the Central Criminal Court on Friday, January 3, 2020.