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Southampton student denies 'cyanide attack' plan

A college student accused of plotting a cyanide attack has pleaded not guilty to preparing a terrorist act.

Mark Colborne, 36, appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey to deny the charge of engaging in the preparation of terrorism acts on or before 2 July.

He was arrested in June when counter-terrorism police searched the home he shares with his mother in Butts Road, Sholing, in Southampton.

He will return to court on 4 December.

Mr Colborne is alleged to have possessed chemicals to produce cyanide, including charcoal, iron oxide and sodium carbonate, weighing scales and latex gloves.

He also allegedly had handwritten notes copied from internet sources such as The Terrorist Handbook and books including Silent Death and The Poor Man's James Bond.

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