EDL members were the target of a planned attack involving a bomb, firearms and other weapons, a court has heard (Reuters)

Three men have appeared in court accused of planning to attack members of the far-right English Defence League (EDL).

Jewel Uddin, 26, Omar Mohammed Khan, 27, and Mohammed Hasseen, 23, all from Sparkhill in Birmingham appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged under the Terrorism Act 2006 on allegations of of preparing for an act or acts of terrorism with the intention of committing such acts.

The trio, arrested by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, face accusations that they made an improvised explosive device for plans to attack the EDL, as well obtained as other weapons, such as firearms.

They were arrested in police raids after a car that was stopped on the M1 was found to be harbouring weapons and a bomb.

The vehicle was stopped hours after an EDL demonstration had taken place in Deswbury, West Yorkshire.

Their case has been sent to the Old Bailey. A hearing will take place on 31 July.

Four other men held as part of the investigation are still in custody.