Man set to face terror charges

Michael Dobson of Bamber Bridge
Michael Dobson of Bamber Bridge

This is the South Ribble man accused of six offences under the Terrorism Act.

Michael Dobson, 33, has been charged with possessing information likely to be useful to someone who commits or prepares for an act of terrorism.

Dobson, of Cambridge Road, Bamber Bridge, appeared before Westminster magistrates in London last week.

According to the charge sheet at court, Dobson is alleged to have downloaded documents from the web entitled ‘High Explosives’ and ‘Kitchen Improvised Plastic Explosives II’.

The other four listed were ‘Anarchy Incendiaries and Other Things That Go Boom’, ‘Anarchy Today Issue 2’, ‘Explosives Complete Tutorial’ and ‘The Terrorist’s Handbook’.

The documents are alleged to have been found saved to Dobson’s computer and a portable hard-disk drive by police during a search of his home on November 18, 2009.

The prosecution follows a joint investigation by Lancashire police and North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

Dobson has yet to enter a plea to the charges and was bailed to appear at the Old Bailey on May 20.

He is pictured here on a video, speaking to a group of people at an event in Birmingham.

Clips of the event have been posted on a file-sharing website by friends.

One supporter wrote: “We are happy to attend the court in numbers to support you and stand up for your rights.”

Another posted: “Been following your case, Mike. Fingers crossed for you, my friend, best wishes.”