Olympic blast man jailed

Javed Aktar, 43, of Havelock Street, Blackpool
Javed Aktar, 43, of Havelock Street, Blackpool
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A BLACKPOOL man who said he was going to “drive a car full of explosives to London” to suicide bomb the Olympic Games has been jailed.

Preston Crown Court heard how Javed 
Aktar, 43, told a man about his plans to attack the Games after meeting him on Reads Avenue, Blackpool, as he walked home from a pub.

The court heard Aktar had 119 previous convictions stretching back more than 30 years.

Daniel Toomey was outside his home on July 8 when Aktar, of Havelock Street, Blackpool, approached him and said he planned to drive to London in a car packed with explosives. Quick-thinking Mr Toomey followed Aktar to his home and made a silent 999 call so the operator could hear what was being said, before tackling Aktar to the ground and holding him until police arrived.

The defendant was sent to jail for 16 months.