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Two Islamic State supporters accused of plotting Lee Rigby-style murder caught on camera stamping on poppy

Kate Ferguson

Published 16/10/2015 | 18:27

Undated Metropolitan Police handout of a still taken from a video of Haseeb Hamayoon brandishing a knife, which was shown to the jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court, where he is accused of plotting a terror attack around Remembrance Day last year along with Yousaf Syed, 20, and 22 year-old Nadir Syed
Undated Metropolitan Police handout of a still taken from a video of Haseeb Hamayoon brandishing a knife, which was shown to the jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court, where he is accused of plotting a terror attack around Remembrance Day last year along with Yousaf Syed, 20, and 22 year-old Nadir Syed
Undated Metropolitan Police handout of a still taken from a video of Cousins Nadir Syed, 22, and Yousaf Syed, 20, (left to right not known) stamping on a poppy, which was shown to the jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court, where they are accused of plotting a terror attack around Remembrance Day last year along with Haseeb Hamayoon

Two Islamic State supporters accused of plotting to carry out a Lee Rigby-style murder in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday were filmed sniggering and stamping on a poppy, a court has heard.

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Cousins Nadir Syed, 22, and Yousaf Syed, 20, and Haseeb Hamayoon are on trial accused of plotting to carry out a terror attack using a Rambo-style knife.

In a video clip shown to jurors at London's Woolwich Crown Court, the Syed cousins can be seen kicking the wartime remembrance symbol as one says "may the poppy go to hell", it is alleged.

The video, taken in what appears to be a car park, opens with two men giggling.

ndated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of a mobile phone picture of Haseeb Hamayoon, 28, brandishing a pistol at the camera as he sits in a kitchen, taken in June last year, which was shown to the jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court, where he is accused of plotting a terror attack around Remembrance Day last year along with Yousaf Syed, 20, and 22 year-old Nadir Syed
ndated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of a mobile phone picture of Haseeb Hamayoon, 28, brandishing a pistol at the camera as he sits in a kitchen, taken in June last year, which was shown to the jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court, where he is accused of plotting a terror attack around Remembrance Day last year along with Yousaf Syed, 20, and 22 year-old Nadir Syed

One of the men laughs and says: "You see the poppy wriggling around on the floor", and then stamps on the poppy, grinding it into the ground with his shoe, it is alleged.

The pair then repeatedly stamp on the red paper flower while laughing, while one is heard saying "may the poppy go to hell inshallah" - God willing - as they kick the poppy down the drain, it is alleged.

Police later discovered the footage on Yousaf Syed's mobile phone, it is claimed.

Jurors have heard the three men spent six weeks between September 20 and November 7 last year plotting to carry out a terror atrocity on the streets of Britain.

It is alleged they were acting on a "truly chilling" fatwa issued by IS last September calling on Muslims to arm themselves and smash, slaughter and run over "disbelieving" Westerners.

They were inspired by Fusilier Rigby's killers Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, who ran over the soldier and hacked him to death near Woolwich barracks in south London in 2013, prosecutors claim.

Undated Metropolitan Police handout of a still taken from a video of Cousins Nadir Syed, 22, and Yousaf Syed, 20, (left to right not known) stamping on a poppy, which was shown to the jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court, where they are accused of plotting a terror attack around Remembrance Day last year along with Haseeb Hamayoon
Undated Metropolitan Police handout of a still taken from a video of Cousins Nadir Syed, 22, and Yousaf Syed, 20, (left to right not known) stamping on a poppy, which was shown to the jury at London's Woolwich Crown Court, where they are accused of plotting a terror attack around Remembrance Day last year along with Haseeb Hamayoon

The trio were obsessed with knives and extensively discussed where to buy the sharpest blades, prosecutor Max Hill QC has told the court.

In another video allegedly showing Hamayoon, a man brandishes a "beautiful" new knife and shows how sharp it is by slicing through paper.

Wearing a white T-shirt and standing in a kitchen, the man picks up the 12in 'Victoriaknox' (sic) knife and looks at it admiringly.

Waving it around, the man in the video says: "It's beautiful to be honest - beautiful handle, look at the handle man. Nice grip."

Running his finger down the knife, the man adds: "The blade, oh man it's beautiful man, it's a beautiful gift to your mother."

The man adds: "The blade, nice and thick on the edge here and sharp to the core."

The man then repeatedly slices through a sheet of paper to show the knife's strength before waving it triumphantly in the air and exclaiming: "Yeah, bang, bang."

Police swooped on the three men after they went shopping for knives and knife sharpeners at Kitchen Ideas in Ealing, west London, on November 6, the court has heard.

All three deny the allegations. The trial continues.

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