Chesterfield chip shop owner cleared of plot to carry out terror attack

Andy Star.
Andy Star.

A former Chesterfield chip shop owner has been cleared of preparing to commit acts of terrorism.

Jurors failed to reach a verdict on Andy Star - despite finding his co-accused Farhad Salah, of Brunswick Road, Burngreave, Sheffield, guilty of the same offence at Sheffield Crown Court.

Prosecutors said, during a five-week trial, that Salah, 24, and Star, 32, were in the early stages of testing small improvised explosive devices when they were arrested in high-profile raids on their homes, a Sheffield community centre and a Chesterfield fish-and-chip shop in December 2017.

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But Star, of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, has always insisted that gunpowder and other items found in his flat above the chip shop were all connected to his long-standing interest in fireworks.

After 15 hours of deliberations the jury was discharged on Friday morning.

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Judge Paul Watson QC told jurors they were the second to have tried the pair.

He said that another jury failed to reach verdicts on either defendant after a trial last year.

The court was told that Star will not face a third trial but will continue to be detained on immigration matters.

Salah is to be sentenced on July 24.