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Convert faces life in jail for Disney shop terror plot

By Emily Pennink

A Muslim convert dubbed "The Eagle" is facing life behind bars after pleading guilty to plotting a terror attack outside the Disney Store on Oxford Street.

Lewis Ludlow (26), from Rochester in Kent, swore allegiance to Islamic State (IS) and planned to drive a van through London's shopping district.

Ludlow appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from HMP Belmarsh.

He identified Oxford Street as an "ideal" target, writing on papers found in a bin: "It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack".

He formulated his plan after being stopped by police at Heathrow airport in February as he attempted to board a flight to the Philippines.

It was alleged he also set up a Facebook account called Antique Collections as a front to send money to south-east Asia for terrorism.

He pleaded guilty to plotting an attack in the UK and funding IS abroad. Ludlow is due to be sentenced on November 2.

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