Man charged following an incident at St James Hospital in Leeds last week

Written by on 26 January 2023

Man charged following an incident at St James\' Hospital in Leeds last week

He faces charges in connection with terrorism, explosives and firearm offences

A man will appear in court on Friday in connection with the evacuation of parts of a hospital in West Yorkshire.

Mohammad Farooq, 27, of Roundhay, Leeds, has been charged with a series of terrorism, explosives and firearm offences in connection with an incident at St James’s Hospital in Leeds last week.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in west London via video link on Friday.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Dunkerley, head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said: “These enquiries have confirmed our initial assessment that this was an isolated incident. We are satisfied that there is currently no evidence of an increased risk to the public, within our communities or the UK hospital estate, in connection with this investigation.

“Despite this, the UK threat level remains at substantial, and history has shown us we can’t afford to be complacent. Public vigilance is invaluable in supporting the efforts of Counter Terrorism Policing and its partners to protect our communities from harm.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from the public during this investigation. We’d particularly like to thank the staff and patients at St James’s Hospital for their patience and cooperation throughout the disruption last Friday.”

Published: by Radio NewsHub

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