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Isis supporter admits calling for an attack on Prince George half way through his trial

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An Isis supporter has admitted calling for jihadis to attack Prince George, dramatically halting his terror trial with an unexpectedly change of plea.

Husnain Rashid, 32, used the Telegram messaging to encourage a terror attack on the four-year-old heir to the throne.

Rashid, of Nelson, Lancashire, previously maintained his innocence during proceedings which began at Woolwich Crown Court last week.

But on Thursday he pleaded guilty to a string of terror offences, bringing the trial to an abrupt stop.  

Prosecutors had told the court Rashid was encouraging terrorism by posting a photograph of the prince alongside silhouettes of two masked jihadi fighters.

He posted the image in a Telegram group chat on 13 October, a month after George started school at Thomas’s Battersea in south-west London.

Rashid also posted suggestions of which British football stadiums terrorists could strike, following the deadly attack outside the ground of Besiktas in Turkey, his trial heard.

On Thursday, nearly two weeks into his trial, Rashid was re-indicted and pleaded guilty to three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and one count of encouraging terrorism.

The charges covered offences spanning from October 2016 to April this year.

He was arrested at his home in Leonard Street in November.

Two charges of dissemination of a terrorist publication and one of failing to comply with a notice under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act will lie on file.