Four terrorist suspects to face trial

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Four men charged with terrorist offences will appear in court today, following police raids last week, accused of conspiring to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property, and with possession of explosives.

Scotland Yard named the men as Brian McHugh, 30, unemployed; Patrick Pearse Joseph Kelly, also 30 and unemployed; James Murphy, 25, a school groundsman; and Michael Phillips, 21, a British Airways apprentice engineer.

The charges came on Saturday, the day after the fifth man held by police, Shane O'Neill, 23 - the brother of suspected terrorist Diarmuid O'Neill, who was shot dead in last Monday's police operation - was freed on police bail. Three of the four men were detained at addresses in Hammersmith and Fulham, west London. Michael Phillips was arrested in a raid on a house in Crawley, West Sussex. The men will appear at the high-security Belmarsh magistrates' court, in south-east London.