The South Yorkshire Police officer whose gut instinct helped to foil a terror attack said he was delighted today the six plotters involved are behind bars for a total of almost 150 years.
PC Mick Eustis pulled over the criminals’ car during a routine traffic stop between junctions 34 and 33 on the M1 south last June.
Today he said: “I’m very pleased my actions that day led to the apprehension and conviction of these people. The sentences reflect the seriousness of the planned incident.”
Islamic fundamentalists Jewel Uddin, 27, Omar Mohammed Khan, 31, Mohammed Hasseen, 24, Anzal Hussain, 25, Mohammed Saud, 23, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22, all from the West Midlands, admitted planning a bloody confrontation with the English Defence League at a rally in Dewsbury.
All except Hasseen had armed themselves with an arsenal of weapons including two shotguns, swords, knives, a nail bomb and a partially-assembled pipe bomb to travel to Dewsbury - but their mission failed because the rally had ended early.
Khan and Uddin’s car was pulled over as they made their way back down the M1 to the Midlands through South Yorkshire.
PC Eustis stopped their Renault Laguna because it looked old, and the car was then flagged up as uninsured because the gang had entered the registration number incorrectly by one digit on an online form.
The car was taken to a pound near Sheffield and it was two days later that staff there discovered the plotters’ deadly arsenal.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson and his deputy Kevin Carroll called out ‘God save the Queen’ from the public gallery at the end of the Old Bailey hearing yesterday.
Supporters of the defendants shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ - God is greatest.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said if the attack had succeeded, it could have sparked ‘a spiral of tit-for-tat violence’.
“That is a particularly serious aspect of this case,” he said.