Lloyd Gunton, 17, received a life sentence for his failed terror plot at a 2017 Justin Bieber concert. Source: South Wales Police
Lloyd Gunton, 17, received a life sentence for his failed terror plot at a 2017 Justin Bieber concert. Source: South Wales Police

Wannabe terrorist’s disturbing plans for Bieber gig

ACCORDING to reports, 17-year-old Lloyd Gunton was arrested "hours away from committing an act of atrocity" on June 30, 2017 - the day singer Justin Bieber performed in the Wales capital of Cardiff, a Birmingham Crown Court has heard.

The teen, from Llantrisant in south Wales, had researched the security details of the concert and had uploaded terror-related posts on Instagram, including images of the Islamic State flag.

His password for the social media account was "truck attack" authorities said.

One post read: "May Allah bring terrorism to Cardiff on 30th June."

The wannabe terrorist had also researched how to carry out a vehicular attack, and how to stab and kill. His internet history included searches for "ISIS beheading video", "How to create a terror attack" and "What does getting shot feel like".

The plan was to attack fans at one of Justin Bieber’s UK concert shows. Picture: Jonathan Ng
The plan was to attack fans at one of Justin Bieber’s UK concert shows. Picture: Jonathan Ng

He was found with a gutting knife and a hammer, as well as a "martyrdom letter" that read: "I am a soldier of the Islamic State. I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing targets in Syria and Iraq. There will be more attacks in the future."

Gunton was found guilty of one charge of engaging in the preparation of a terrorist act, two charges of encouraging terrorism and two charges of possessing terrorist information.

He must serve a minimum of 11 years in jail before being eligible for parole.

This story was originally published in the New York Post and has been republished with permission.


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