Terrorism: Two in court over 'plot to bomb heart of London’s legal district'

The statue of
The statue of "Lady Justice" by the British sculptor, Frederick William Pomeroy, which stands on the dome of the Central Criminal Court also referred to as the Old Bailey.

Michael Broddle, 45, and a 17-year-old youth allegedly conspired to place an article described as 'device one' at Gray’s Inn on or before September 17

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A man and boy have pleaded not guilty to plotting to plant a bomb in the heart of London’s legal district.

Michael Broddle, 45, and a 17-year-old youth allegedly conspired to place an article described as “device one” at Gray’s Inn on or before September 17.

The charge says they intended to “induce another to believe it was likely to explode or ignite thereby causing injury to person or property”.

Broddle faces two further charges of possessing an explosive substance referred to as “device one” and “device two” on September 14.

The youth is accused of having “device one“ in “such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable suspicion” he did not have it for a lawful purpose.

On Friday, Broddle appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Wandsworth prison and the boy sat in the dock.

The defendants denied all the charges against them during the short hearing.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC set a two-week trial to start on October 24 next year.

The Recorder of London ordered a further hearing to take place on January 20.

Broddle, of Hounslow, west London, was remanded into custody.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given continued conditional bail.