A man from south east London has been jailed for sharing Islamist material glorifying acts of terrorism.

Fahd Ismail, 33, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for offences dating back to 2017 which involved encouraging a violent Jihad.

The Met Police said he was arrested in June 2020 on suspicion of an offence breaching the Terrorism Act, following which he was released on bail.

He was then charged with four counts of possession of a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism in December.

Ismail later had two further Terrorism Act charges added to his indictment before he pleaded guilty to all six on July 2.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Fahd Ismail. Picture: Met Police.Fahd Ismail. Picture: Met Police.

Upon sentencing he was also given a 12-month licence extension and will be subject to a ten-year Part 4 notification order.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met's counter terrorism command, said: “This was a diligent and thorough investigation by highly skilled counter terrorism officers, which prevented further dissemination of extremist material.

“I encourage anyone who has suspicions about material someone is viewing online to report it to police without delay.

“Trust your instincts and know that you are never wasting our time.”

The Met’s Action Counters Terrorism group is encouraging communities nationwide to help police tackle terrorism by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Around a fifth of reports from the public produce intelligence of help to CT Policing.

Officers urged people to question whether you know someone is looking at extremist material, including the Dark Web, or sharing content that promotes and glorifies terrorism.

They told people to trust their instincts and report anything suspicious in confidence via gov.uk/ACT, or ring 999 in an emergency.