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'Attack plot' teenager in court

A teenager has appeared in court after allegedy planning a deadly attack on a city college armed with pipe bombs, a pistol and expanding bullets.

Liam Lyburd, 18, appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life, and five counts of possessing an explosive substance, namely a pipe bomb, with intent to endanger life.

The firearm charge related to alleged possession of a Glock pistol and the ammunition charge involved alleged possession of a number of hollow-point expanding bullets.

Lyburd, of Hamilton Place, Newcastle, spoke only to confirm his address and date of birth.

No pleas were entered and he was remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on November 20.

The estate where he lives, near St James's Park football stadium in Newcastle, was cordoned off on Monday while searches were carried out.

Police said later that serious harm was intended to be caused at Newcastle College.

Notable former students of the college include Ant and Dec, the comedian Ross Noble, X Factor winner Joe McElderry and Perrie Edwards from Little Mix.

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