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Five Walsall residents have appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates accused of preparing for acts of terrorism.

One of them – Kerry Thomason, 23, of an undisclosed address – is charged with assisting her husband, Isaiah Siadatan, to travel to Syria to take up arms alongside the terror group Isis, also known as Islamic State.

Another suspect, Ayman Shaukat, 27, of Pargetter Street, was charged with assisting two men to travel to Syria to engage in terrorism. Shaukat was further charged with possession of a terrorist document.

He is thought to have helped Sajid Aslam cross into the civil war-torn nation.

Aslam and Shaukat are thought to have joined another man known to the group, Jacob Petty, among IS ranks in Syria.

Fellow defendant Alex Nash, aged 21 of Bentley Road, appeared alongside Shaukat at the London court accused of preparing for acts of terrorism, while his 20-year-old wife Yousma Jan was also in the dock charged with failing to disclose information about her husband's activities.

The fifth defendant, Lorna Moor, 33, of Glebe Street, who is married to Aslam, was accused of failing to disclose information about her husband's planned travel to the conflict zone.

Moore and Jan pleaded not guilty and were granted bail, but Nash, Shaukat and Thomason were not required to enter a formal plea and were remanded. All five will appear at the Old Bailey on 26 June.