Ex-Liverpool WAG and Miss Teen GB model, 21, accused of funding terrorism

An ex-beauty queen and aspiring actress has denied a charge of funding terrorism.

Amaani Noor, 21, from Liverpool, is accused of providing money to a group called “The Merciful Hands”.

Noor, who had previously dated a Liverpool Football Club player, is set to face a two-week trial later this year, reports the Liverpool Echo.

She appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday alongside co-accused Victoria Webster, 28, from Nelson, East Lancashire.

Former Miss Teen Great Britain semi-finalist Noor pleaded not guilty to one count of terrorism fund-raising on May 23, 2018.

The model, wearing a black hijab and white gown in the dock, allegedly provided $45.51 (£35.89) to the organisation.

According to the charge, she gave the money “knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect it may be used for the purpose of terrorism”.

Webster, dressed in a burgundy niqab and pink gown, admitted three counts of terrorism fund-raising, relating to dates between March and August last year.

She pleaded guilty to “inviting Amaani Noor to provide money to the organisation The Merciful Hands, intending it should be used or having reasonable cause to suspect it may be used for the purpose of terrorism” on May 23.

Webster also admitted giving the same group $22.77 (£17.96) between April 22 and May 6, and $37.24 (£29.37) between March 24 and August 14.

Matthew Brooks, prosecuting, said Noor would now face a trial, which is estimated to last two weeks.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said he would be the trial judge and it would take place on November 4 this year.

The judge said Webster would be sentenced after Noor’s trial and remanded both women on conditional bail.