A British teenager with National Socialist views who allegedly planned a "terror attack" in Durham has been sentenced to six years and eight months in custody.

The 17-year-old identified potential targets including schools, pubs and post offices, in a "guerrilla warfare" manual.

Police seized documents – including one that contained details of a plan to carry out an arson campaign against synagogues – and a collection of patriotic literature from his bedroom in March last year.

He was also found to have researched firearms, explosives and knives by officers who analysed his computer and mobile phone devices.

The then 16-year-old was the youngest person to be convicted of planning a terrorist attack in the UK.

During his sentencing at Manchester crown court, the court heard of his admiration for Adolf Hitler.

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Judge David Stockdale described the defendant as a highly intelligent boy who had "contempt for Jewish people, black people, gay people and disabled people".

He added that his "twisted and many would say sick ideological path" was a "matter of obvious regret".

Alongside the custodial sentence for preparing terrorist acts between October 2017 and March 2019, the teenager will also serve five years on licence after his release.

Following a six-week trial the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty in November.

He was also convicted of "disseminating a terrorist publication", "possessing an article for a purpose connected to terrorism", and three counts of "possessing documents useful to someone preparing acts of terrorism".

Defending, Nigel Edwards QC told the court the teenager’s parents "didn’t believe there was anything wrong" and had not engaged in adequate intervention, including therapeutic treatment, for his condition for fear of "labelling" him.

He added that the boy’s hostility towards certain groups of people was influenced "by how he perceived the world around him" and that he had been allowed to spend long periods in his darkened bedroom with his laptop.

Stockdale said he took both the fact the boy had an autistic spectrum disorder, and a letter he had written expressing his remorse, into account during sentencing.

The boy’s young age was also a mitigating factor, according to Stockdale, who said it was a "most disturbing" aspect of the case.

He added he believed "the boy had sought both acceptance and to make himself important, controversial and shocking by posting his views in an online Neo-Nazi forum".




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