Second man in court accused of sending terror package to journalist

A second man accused of sending a package containing a bottle of caustic soda to a Glasgow journalist has appeared at a London Court.

Wayne Cook, 45, of Robert Street, Tyldesley, Manchester, is now accused along with Steven Kerr Robinson, 42, of the same address, of sending the package to an unnamed journalist in Glasgow and sending a similar one to a Blackburn councillor.

Robinson previously appeared on 25 April, charged alone with two offences said to be ‘designed to influence the Government.”

It is alleged he sent two packages containing a noxious substance, sodium hydroxide (or caustic soda) which was likely to endanger human life or create a serious risk to the health or safety of a section of the public.

It was, say the charges, “designed to influence the Government or to intimidate a section of the public, contrary to Section 113 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001”.

Cook is charged with sending the packages, along with Robinson. Both were remanded in custody until 29 June. There was no application for bail.

Prosecutor Karen Jones told Westminster Magistrates Court today that Cook had only recently been arrested and more time was needed for committal.

Press reporting restrictions were not lifted.

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