Schoolboys in court on ‘terror charges’ linked to far-right extremism

Two schoolboys accused of being part of an online far-right extremist group have appeared in court on terror charges.

It is alleged the teenagers were part of a Telegram chat group which was found to contain images of Adolf Hitler and the white extremist involved in the 2019 Christchurch massacre.

One of the boys, a 16-year-old from Kent, is accused of providing an electronic link that allowed others to access a terrorist publication, namely the “white resistance manual”.

It is alleged he did so with the intention it would encourage others to commit a terrorist act.

He is charged with the dissemination of a terrorist publication on August 28 last year.

His co-defendant, a 15-year-old from South Derbyshire, is accused of possessing a terrorist publication, namely the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000 on or before September 22.

He is also charged with disseminating a terrorist publication on September 18 2020.

The teenagers, who are both white, appeared in person at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, but did not enter pleas.

The 16-year-old was granted conditional bail with restrictions on his internet use and a curfew ordering him to remain at home between 8pm to 6am.

The 15-year-old defendant was remanded in custody.

Both teens are due to return to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on February 26.

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