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Man threatens to kill Harry, pleads guilty

world Updated: Jun 02, 2013 14:23 IST

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A man walked into a police station and threatened to kill Prince Harry, a day after a British soldier was hacked to death on a busy London street, Scotland Yard has said.

Ashraf Islam walked into a police station in Hounslow on May 23 and told detectives that he wanted to kill Prince Harry after soldier Lee Rigby, 25, was killed, British media reported today.

Islam, 30, is now facing ten years in jail after admitting threatening to kill soldier Harry, 28, who is third in line to the throne.

Anti-terror police was called in to investigate after Islam's threats on Thursday, May 23, and security around the Royal was stepped up.

Two days later, last Saturday, Islam appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty before being remanded in custody, The Sun reported.

Scotland Yard allegedly later found a laptop belonging to Islam showing internet searches for kidnapping, guns and vans. His internet history is also said to show he had been on terrorist and firearms websites.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command investigated the case, but no terror charges were brought against Islam, a spokesman for Scotland Yard was quoted by Sky News as saying.

Apache helicopter pilot Harry served in Afghanistan as an on-ground air controller with The Household Cavalry in 2008. He also served there with 662 Squadron Army Air Corps until January.