A man has been convicted of plotting and preparing to carry out a knife attack in London, inspired by the Islamic State.

Nadir Syed, 22, from Southall in west London, was arrested shortly after buying a chef’s knife in November 2014 with the aim of using the blade in a terror attack, possibly like the attack that killed Lee Rigby.

The jury at Woolwich Crown Court heard how Syed had been inspired to carry out an attack after watching videos of IS leaders urging radicalised Muslims living in Western countries to launch lone-wolf attacks on targets including police and soldiers.

After 50 hours of deliberation, the jury returned a majority guilty verdict.

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