British man charged with assisting Russian intelligence appears in London court

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A British man on Thursday appeared in a London court charged with assisting Russia’s foreign intelligence service.

Howard Phillips, 64, from Harlow, east of London, faces one charge under Britain’s National Security Act.

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He was arrested on Thursday and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where a judge remanded him in custody ahead of his next court appearance at the London’s Old Bailey on June 14.

London’s Metropolitan police said the arrest was not linked to any other case.

“As part of the investigation, which is being led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, officers also searched an address in the Hertfordshire area and an address in the Essex area. Both searches are now complete,” it said.

“There is not believed to be any threat to the wider public in connection with this matter” it added.

The case comes however after prosecutors in April charged a 20-year-old British man with masterminding an arson plot against a Ukrainian-linked target in London for the benefit of the Russian state.

Court documents alleged that Dylan Earl, from Leicestershire in central England, was connected to Russia’s Wagner Group, which has been listed as a terrorist group by the UK government nd other countries.

Earl is accused of organizing and paying for an arson attack on two units at an industrial estate in east London in March.

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