A staff member at Oxford University has been suspended from work after it was alleged online material had emerged showing he had links to Islamic terrorism.

University bosses ordered the action after learning the 'non-academic' employee, whose identity has not been revealed, had been arrested for terrorism offences and detained in Italy five years ago.

It was alleged at the time that the man was involved in spreading extremist material, and although he denied committing an offence, he spent two-and-a-half years in a number of prisons.

He reportedly sent emails containing links to download operational manuals on how to execute terror 'attacks and guerilla techniques'.

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