Manchester Crown Court

A "deeply radicalised" council binman has been jailed for five years after telling his wife he wanted to bomb an RAF base and kill a soldier with a car

Aabid Ali, known as Darren Glennon before he converted to Islam, was found in possession of two terror manuals, one believed to be from Osama bin Laden's terror group Al-Qaeda.

Manchester Crown Court (pictured above) was told that the wife of Ali had military connections. He told officers:

"Everyone loves a bomb. I like the sound of a bang."

The court heard that despite being offered help by a government programme which tries to identify those at risk from radicalisation, "the defendant remained unswerved in his beliefs."

Ali had researched bomb-making on the internet and spoke of using a car as a jihadi weapon.

The ISIS supporter said that murder of Lee Rigby was justified and was found with maps of Parliament, looked up security arrangements at Number.

He also published a statement on YouTube encouraging others to take up jihad and terrorism.

The man worked as a council refuse collector before he was raided by counter-terror police last autumn.

Ali, who is currently in jail at HMP Chelmsford, previously admitted three offences under anti-terror legislation.

He said he converted to Islam while serving a jail sentence around 20 years ago. He believed in Sharia law, and said the UK military was a "legitimate target".

When asked if he had suicidal intentions after his arrest, he replied: "Only as a martyr to Jihad".