Crime

14-year-old boy from Blackburn appears in two high security courts in London on the same day accused of terrorism offences

Westminster Magistrates Court. Image: Google Street View

Westminster Magistrates Court. Image: Google Street View

A 14-year-old boy from Blackburn has appeared in two of London’s high security courts in less than a day charged with terrorism offences.

The boy was arrested on 2nd April in Blackburn, Lancashire after Greater Manchester police discovered electronic communications which pointed to a ‘credible terrorist threat.’

He faces two charges of inciting terrorism and is not named because of reporting restrictions applying to young people.

It’s alleged he encouraged an 18-year-old to target police at an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne, Australia.

It’s also said that on March 18th he incited the man to behead a member of the public in Australia.

Australia’s Anzac Day on the 25th of April is the day of remembrance commemorating soldiers who died in the Gallipoli campaign.

At Westminster Magistrates’ Court in Marylebone, District Judge Emma Arbuthnot remanded him in custody to youth detention accommodation.

The accused boy is said to the UK’s youngest Islamist terror suspect.

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The Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey of the City of London. “Oldbaileylondon-900” by Nevilley at en.wikipedia – w:Image:Oldbaileylondon-900.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

He later appeared at the Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey before Mr Justice Saunders where his case was adjourned until May 14th

The judge said it was intended for the case to be heard in Manchester.

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