A Muslim convert who swore allegiance to Isis planned to kill 100 people in a terror attack in London while taking part in a deradicalisation programme, a court has heard.

Lewis Ludlow, of Rochester, had secret communication with British jihadi Junaid Hussain, who was killed in a drone strike in Syria. In June 2015, he discussed planning an attack with Hussain and mentioned his job at Royal Mail.

He wrote: “At my job at a Royal Mail warehouse we had a book that mentions how staff look out for suspicious items like bombs. I’m thinking should I find this info out more as Royal Mail rarely check items. It is perfect to send something lethal through.

Hussain told him it was a “good idea” and Ludlow promised to “look into it”.

Later that year he was arrested and Isis material was recovered from Ludlow’s phone, but no further action was taken

Ludlow had previously cut off contact with Prevent two years but resumed meetings with officers in November 2017, while keeping his true feelings under wraps.

In January 2018, he bought a ticket to fly to the Philippines on 3 February but was stopped at the airport and had his passport seized.

On 13 April last year, Ludlow’s mobile phone was retrieved from a storm drain and found to have videos of the defendant swearing allegiance to Isis and evidence of “hostile reconnaissance”.

In one of the videos, the hooded defendant said: “I, the Eagle, have pledged allegiance to Dawlatul Islam and also, this is a little message to you people, there is no love between us, there is nothing between us except animosity and hatred.”

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