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Man charged with terror offences

PUBLISHED: 07:58 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

A MAN who sparked a major alert at Lowestoft police station was last night charged with terrorism offences, including having two improvised explosive devices, the Metropolitan Police said.

A MAN who sparked a major alert at Lowestoft police station was last night charged with terrorism offences, including having two improvised explosive devices, the Metropolitan Police said.

Neil Christopher Lewington is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court at 10am today following his arrest on a train heading to Lowestoft on Thursday, last week.

Bomb disposal experts were called to Lowestoft police station after officers searched him following his arrest on suspicion of being drunk and verbally abusive on the train.

Last night 43-year-old Lewington, of Church End Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, was charged with 11 counts under the Terrorism Acts of 2000 and 2006.

They include travelling from Reading to Lowestoft with two improvised explosive devices, being in possession of seven timers, Sodium Chlorate weed killer and having firelighters “in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism”.

Lewington is also alleged to have “collected or made a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism” including a book entitled Counter Bomb.

He is also charged under the Explosives Act 1883 with having “made or had in his possession or under his control an explosive substance with intent by means thereof to endanger life”.

Lowestoft police station was sealed off on Thursday while bomb disposal experts were called in and spent several hours in the building.

Lewington was originally arrested and charged with possession of an article to cause criminal damage.

He was brought before Lowestoft magistrates on Saturday, bailed and immediately arrested by the Metropolitan Police.

The National Express service Lewington had been travelling on had already left Lowestoft and a search took place at Norwich railway station where the all clear was given.

An East Midland Trains service due to set off at 3.52pm on the Norwich/ Liverpool line was also delayed because it was blocked in by the service from Lowestoft.

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