An imam who encouraged his congregation to join Islamic State told worshippers that martyrdom was better than school or college, a court was told.

Kamran Sabir Hussain, 40, told up to 15 children and about 25 adults that the right-wing English Defence League and Britain First were funded by the government to insult and attack Muslims.

Mr Hussain was recorded by an undercover officer delivering 17 separate sermons at a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent aimed at recruiting for Isis, the Old Bailey was told. He is alleged to have said that martyrdom was the "supreme success", greater than achievements at school or college.

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