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Cambridge man charged with explosive devices offences




A stock photo of a crime scene
A stock photo of a crime scene

A man has been charged in connection with an investigation into suspicious packages sent via post.

On Saturday, officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of attempting to cause an explosion, or making or keeping explosives with intent to endanger life or property, contrary to Section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

The arrest, as reported in the Cambridge Independent on Saturday , was carried out with the assistance of colleagues from Cambridgeshire Constabulary and related to a suspicious package received via post at a residential address in north London. Police were called shortly after 9.10pm on Thursday (September 10), to reports of a suspicious package in Cricklewood. Specialist officers attended and made safe what was assessed to be a small improvised explosive device.

Ovidijus Margelis, 26, of Cambridge was charged on September 13 with the following offences:

- Three counts of attempting to cause an explosion, or making or keeping explosives with intent to endanger life or property, contrary to Section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883

- One count of fraud by false representation, contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006

- One count of possession of articles for use in fraud, contrary to section 6 of the Fraud Act 2006

- One count of possession of a false identity document, contrary to section 4 of the Identity Documents Act 2010

- One count of criminal property, contrary to sections 329(1) and 334 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

He was remanded in custody to appear at West London Magistrates’Court today (September 14).



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