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Boy (14) held for inciting Anzac Day beheading

By Hayden Smith

Published 25/04/2015

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
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

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 at Westminster Magistrates Court in London. The boy, from Blackburn, Lancashire, who cannot be identified, was charged 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.

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