Two teenagers appear in court accused of preparing terrorist acts

Pomeroy's Statue of Lady Justice atop the Central Criminal Court building at the Old Bailey 

The defendants appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from custody - Credit: PA

A teenager from north London has appeared at the Old Bailey accused of buying knives and chemicals to prepare for a terror attack.

Al-Arafat Hassan, 19, of north London appeared alongside a 15-year-old boy from Leeds at the Old Bailey today (March 25).

Both teenagers - who appeared via video link from custody - are each charged with a single count of preparation of terrorist acts.

The 15-year-old is accused of the research and purchase of knives, as well as undertaking online research to acquire components for an explosive device between January 9 and March 20.

Between January 12 and February 27, Hassan allegedly bought knives, acquired chemicals and conducted online research to acquire components for an explosive device.

Mr Justice Sweeney set a provisional trial at Leeds Crown Court on October 4.

A plea hearing will take place on July 29.

The defendants were remanded into custody.