She falsely accused someone of being a terrorist and planning a terrorist attack around the Christmas period of 2019

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A woman has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for perverting the course of justice after wasting police time and resources.

Bushra Ali, of Alexandra Road, Reading, Berkshire pleaded guilty to the charges at Reading Crown Court yesterday (29/9) and was sentenced the same day.

The 38-year-old sent a series of handwritten letters and images to Thames Valley Police premises and Government buildings between 9 December 2019 and 19 December 2019.

Within these letters she falsely accused someone of being a terrorist and planning a terrorist attack around the Christmas period of 2019.

The intention behind the malicious letters was to provoke a police response and investigation into the intended target of Ali, which would, she hoped, ultimately lead to their arrest.

A threat of this nature is taken very seriously and a full and thorough investigation was carried out which found the letters to be malicious against individual rather than a threat.

A significant amount of time and resources were spent by various forensic teams, including Counter Terrorism Policing South East, to identify the person who wrote the letters and the evidence led back to Ali.

Detective Sergeant Andy Beeney from Thames Valley Police said: “Ali used a personal vendetta to pervert the course of justice.

“She wrote a number of letters, the first of which, she sent just ten days after the tragic terrorist attack in Fishmongers Hall, by London Bridge on 29 November 2019. This was intentional and Ali even accused the victim of her letters of being a friend and close associate of the terrorist who carried out the Fishmongers Hall attack.”

He added: “Ali wasted a significant amount of police time and resources and it is only right that she has been brought to justice for this distinct lack of respect for the time of police and its partners.

“Reports of this nature are taken very seriously and rightly so, however if you are found to be knowingly and maliciously wasting police time we will not hesitate to bring you before the courts.”

If you have genuine concerns about someone you are close to in relation to possible radicalisation we would encourage you to contact the police via 101.