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Former soldier appears in court on terror training site charge

James Matthews , 43, indicated a not guilty plea after the charge was put to him, and will next appear at the Old Bailey next month.

An ex-British soldier has appeared in court charged with attending a place used for terrorist training.

It is alleged that on or before February 15 2016, James Matthews attended a place or places in Iraq and Syria where instruction or training was provided for purposes connected to the commission or preparation of terrorism.

The 43-year-old appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and indicated a not guilty plea after the charge was put to him.

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Supporters of James Matthews wear masks with his face on outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Represented by Joel Bennathan QC, Matthews, wearing black jeans and a brown leather jacket, spoke only to confirm his identity.

Matthews, from Dalston, east London, is due to next appear at the Old Bailey on March 1.

As he arrived at court he warmly greeted supporters outside court, who then filled the public gallery for the hearing.

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