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Girl, 16, faces terror charges

Published 09/07/2015

The teenager will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court
The teenager will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with two terror offences.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was held after an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

The charges come after counter terror police and officers from the Tactical Aid Unit of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) executed a warrant at a house in Longsight, Manchester on April 3 this year.

She is accused of two offences under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on July, 22.

Police were led to the girl after initially investigating a boy, aged 14, from Blackburn, Lancs, who was held on April 2, in connection with a terrorist plot in Australia, after examination of a number of electronic devices.

Counter terror officers said they had uncovered communications between the UK and Australia representing a "credible terrorist threat".

Police in Melbourne arrested five suspects in what they claimed was an operation to foil an Islamic State-inspired plot to attack a First World War memorial event.

The girl from Manchester has been charged under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act, which relates to offences of collection or making a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing for an act of terrorism or possessing a document or record containing information of that kind.

The 14-year-old boy from Blackburn has since appeared in court in the UK accused of two counts of inciting terrorism in Australia.

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