Emily Andrews, Peter Allen and Nick Mcdermott
UK Daily Mail 
Monday, Oct 12th, 2009
A nuclear scientist arrested by armed police is said to have admitted plotting an Al Qaeda terrorist atrocity, possibly in Britain.
Dr Adlene Hicheur, 32, has confessed to talking over the internet with the North African branch of the terror organisation about attacks on ‘Western targets’, according to officials in France where he was held last week.
Hicheur, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, worked for the CERN nuclear research laboratory near Geneva and had also worked at the top secret Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in England.
French authorities have been working with MI5 to track his movements in the UK amid growing fears he could have been planning a nuclear attack in Britain.
Agents from both countries fear he had been ‘pinpointing nuclear targets’ before passing them on to terrorists in Algeria.