Bradford Teenager Guilty Of 'Terror And Explosive Offences'

The child will be sentenced in June.

A 16 year old boy from Bradford, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has today been found guilty of terrorism and explosive offences following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East arrested the boy in August 2018 under terrorism legislation.

When officers searched his home they found, in his bedroom, a device constructed in line with instructions around the manufacture of a CO2 bomb. Thankfully, the device was not fully completed and was not classed as viable.

Analysis of the boy’s online activity showed extensive research around bomb-making, searches about attacks on Muslims, and a wide range of videos showing death, mutilation and torture; clearly showing an escalating interest in violence and extreme ideology.

He will be sentenced in June.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East; “This is a disturbing case of a teenager who developed an alarming interest in extremist ideology, violence, firearms and explosives. He has spent considerable time alone on the internet and has intentionally accessed the ‘dark web’.

“His fascination with violence and death is particularly concerning given his age and vulnerability. Young people can be susceptible to the negative influences online and we urge people to have the confidence to report worrying attitudes or behaviour.

“Our message remains the same that we will always try to intervene as early as possible to support those at risk of radicalisation.

“Despite extensive attempts to steer this boy away from the path of criminality, due to the progression of his behaviour, he was arrested and charged with serious offences. 

“His online searches combined with the manufacture of an explosive device had the potential to put the safety of others at risk and could not go unprosecuted.

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