Bristol bomb plotter Isa Ibrahim: "I was sucked into a world of extremism".
His chilling bomb plot shook Bristol to its core. The aftershocks were felt in every city across the UK.
Isa Ibrahim had every opportunity in life – a loving, wealthy family, a private education and a future full of potential.
Yet he succumbed to what he now describes as an "ideology of hate". He was sucked into a world of extremism and reached the point where his hatred for the western world turned deadly.
As the would-be suicide bomber from Westbury-on-Trym continues to serve his prison sentence for terror offences, Avon and Somerset police have produced a 20-minute film called Conviction based on the 21-year-old's life, plot and arrest.
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After being road-tested on hundreds of people of all ages, races and religions, the film is being shown to community groups, educational establishments and other forums across the country warning that anyone could be susceptible to extremism.
Detective Chief Inspector Martyn Triggol, who led the project, said: "The case of Isa Ibrahim was extremely significant for Bristol, as well as the region as a whole.
"We recognised that the case could provide a valuable opportunity to explore some of the issues relating to preventing violent extremism and explore how police, partners and communities can work together to challenge it.
"The Conviction project aims to highlight the issue of vulnerability, the crucial nature of early intervention work, and illustrate how quickly a vulnerable person can be adversely influenced by extremist rhetoric.
"The case of Isa Ibrahim is particularly relevant because it is a key example of the fact that we all have roles to play in recognising and supporting individuals who are vulnerable to being radicalised.
"The aim of this film is to raise awareness of any opportunities there might be to identify someone like Isa at an earlier stage. In this way the police and other agencies can provide support and guidance to help prevent them going down a criminal path in the first place."
The opening scene is chilling. It is the footage made by Ibrahim himself when he was experimenting with explosives at his Comb Paddock flat, complete with his original voiceover.
The last time this mobile phone video was made public it was being used as evidence against him during his trial at Winchester Crown Court in 2009. Now, it provides a sobering smack of reality to the dramatisation of his story.
When Ibrahim was shown the film in prison, he recognised its realism and gave it his approval. His mum Victoria has also pledged her support.
"I would like to offer my support to the police for the work they are doing to prevent young men making the same mistakes I made," he said. "I urge Muslims to talk to local Imams and scholars about religious matters and not rely on the internet and those who seek to draw people into their ideology of hate; something I unfortunately was taken in by."
Using the majority of a £50,000 grant from the Home Office's counter-terrorism strategy, the police commissioned film-makers Omni to produce the film, a clip of which is available to view at thisisbristol.co.uk.
Ibrahim is played by Adam Deacon, who also starred in the films Kidulthood, Adulthood and Shank.
Although it appears to be set in any city, most of it was filmed in Bristol, including Westbury-on-Trym and the city centre. The DVD comes with a discussion and presentation package to help raise the issues in cases like this to anyone over 14 years old.
Ibrahim was born Andrew Philip Michael on January 25, 1989, the youngest son of Nassif, a consultant pathologist at Frenchay Hospital, and Victoria Ibrahim.
He went to Colston's School and was suspended from QEH in Bristol and Downside Catholic boarding school, near Bath, before getting eight GCSEs from Bristol Cathedral School.
Despite being brought up a Christian, he converted to Islam in 2005 and on February 5, 2007, changed his first name to Isa.
Ibrahim never really had a regular mosque, attending Al Baseera in St Jude's, Al Huda Masjid in Easton, and the mosque in Totterdown. But ultimately, his radical views alienated him from Muslims.
Osama bin Laden, the 7/7 London bombers and the failed 21/7 bombers of 2005 became heroes to Ibrahim. At a time when he was studying at City of Bristol College, Ibrahim's research into explosives and Islamic extremists increased until he was spending up to six hours a day trawling the internet and books for information on suicide bombers.
Ibrahim was caught after a vital call from someone in the Bristol Muslim community, telling police they were concerned about him. When he was arrested he had already made explosives, a suicide vest and had been on reconnaissance missions to Broadmead and the Mall shopping centres where, it is believed, he was planning to detonate the deadly bomb.
The team that worked on the film project included officers involved in the original case, partners from Bristol City Council and members of the Muslim community.
Kalsoom Bashir, of the Bristol Muslim Women's Network and the council, said: "The issues around violent extremism can be so contentious that people often avoid talking about it and believe or assume that someone else is addressing these issues. But we all have a responsibility to tackle these issues."
Ms Bashir is also involved in the recently launched Naseehah – a Muslim advisory group formed off the back of the case, providing confidential and independent advice to anyone concerned someone is vulnerable to extremism.
Farooq Siddique, the South West manager for the Government's Prevent strategy, has been involved in the Conviction project from the beginning. He said: "The film was a perfect opportunity to explain the Al Qa'ida narrative. With Isa's story we were able to bring this home with some reality.
"We are delivering this across England, Scotland and Wales and the film has had a phenomenally positive response."
Shabana Kausar has put together the discussion package that goes with the film.
She said: "The issue is really serious, but no one really knows how to tackle it. I think it's a great film and it provides a safe place for people to talk about extremism."
Samia Chowdhury, who has seen the film, added: "We have this image in our heads that a terrorist is from a different breed. But, from watching the film, it is obvious it could happen to anyone."
■ To report suspicions about terrorism call the police on 0845 456 7000, or 999 in an emergency. To contact Naseehah call 01172 303252 or visit www.naseehah.org.