A WIRRAL man has appeared at the Old Bailey accused of making improvised explosives and plotting to blow up mosques and Islamic centres will stand trial next year.

Ian Forman of Shavington Avenue, Prenton, has been charged with engaging in the conduct in the preparation of terrorist acts.

He was remanded in custody until a hearing on January 14, when he will be asked to enter a plea.

Forman, 41,was arrested on September 5 by officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit over concerns about chemical and explosive substances at a house in Wirral.

The court heard he had been charged with a string of offences under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He is accused of possessing bomb-making materials, making and testing improvised explosive devices, and creating spreadsheets reflecting prices and stockists of the chemicals required.

He is also accused of researching mosques and Islamic centres, labelling saved photographs of them "targets" and expressing an intention of "blowing them up" with the use of nails and ball bearings.

His trial has been set for March 3. The location of the trial has not been confirmed.