Dudley man jailed for sending letters and gifts to terrorists

A man accused of sending letters and gifts to convicted terrorists has been jailed for nine months.

Usman Hussain Choudhary was arrested in December 2013 after a police raid at his home on Terry Street, Dudley.

Police said they recovered a range of extremist literature from his home plus records of hundreds of letters and small gifts sent to prisoners.

Choudhary pleaded guilty to disseminating terrorist material at Kingston Crown Court.

An extremist publication was intercepted by staff at Swaleside Prison in Kent before it reached the intended recipient, West Midlands Police said.

The force said his arrest followed the discovery of publication Join The Caravan sent to a prisoner.

Det Ch Supt Sue Southern, head of the force’s Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Police and prison officials are alive to the risks of radicalisation of inmates and are working together to tackle the issue.

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“This was a dangerous publication to send into a prison and we are grateful to the Swaleside staff for their vigilance and prompt call to police.”

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