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Boy, 14, remanded on terror charge

Published 24/04/2015

The teenager is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
The teenager is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

A 14-year-old British boy accused of encouraging a man in Australia to carry out a terrorist beheading and attack a war remembrance event has appeared in court.

The teenager - thought to be the youngest person charged with Islamist-related terror offences in the UK - was arrested last weekend in connection with an alleged Anzac Day plot.

He was remanded in custody to youth detention accommodation by District Judge Emma Arbuthnot at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

The boy, from Blackburn, Lancashire, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was ch arged yesterday with two counts of inciting terrorism overseas.

Between March 15 and 26 he is said to have incited another person to commit an act of terrorism, "namely to carry out an attack at an Anzac parade in Australia with the aim of killing and/or causing serious injury to people".

It is alleged that he encouraged an 18-year-old to target police at an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne.

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

The boy, dressed in a police-issue grey tracksuit, spoke in a soft voice and stood with his arms folded as he confirmed his name, age and address.

He was flanked by two police officers in the dock while a family member sat in court.

Later, the boy appeared briefly at the Old Bailey and his case was adjourned until May 14 at the same court.

Mr Justice Saunders said it was intended for the case to be heard in Manchester.

Anzac Day was established to mark the anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli campaign and ceremonies are held on Apri l 25 each year in memory of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who have died in battle.

This year's events, being held tomorrow, take on extra significance as the centenary of the conflict in Turkey is marked.

The teenager was detained around three weeks ago "following the examination of a number of electronic devices" before being re-arrested on Saturday.

Information was subsequently passed to Australian authorities, police said.

Last weekend Australian police arrested two men on suspicion of planning an attack. In all, f ive people were detained in that operation.

The arrests led to a review of security at related events in the UK.

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