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Counter Terrorism Policing North East: Four People Charged With Terrorism Offences

Friday May 14 – 0700hrs

Four people have been charged as part of an investigation into Right Wing Terrorism by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

Following the arrest of five people on Saturday May 1 from addresses in West Yorkshire, North Wales and Wiltshire we can confirm that the following have been charged:

(A) Daniel Wright, 29, of Whinfield Avenue, Keighley, West Yorkshire, is charged with:

  • One offence of disseminating a terrorist publication that encourages terrorism contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006
  • One offence of possessing articles connected with an act of terrorism contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000
  • Three offences of possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a person committing an act of terrorism contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000
  • One offence of manufacturing a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) of the Firearms Act 1968
  • One offence of possession of a firearm contrary to S5 (1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968

 

(B) Liam Hall, 30, of Hill Top Walk, Keighley, West Yorkshire, is charged with:

  • One offence of possessing articles connected with an act of terrorism contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000
  • One offence of manufacturing a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) of the Firearms Act 1968
  • One offence of possession of a firearm contrary to S5 (1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968

 

(C) Stacey Salmon, 28, of Hill Top Walk, Keighley, West Yorkshire, is charged with:

  • One offence of possessing articles connected with an act of terrorism contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000
  • One offence of possession a firearm contrary to Section 5(1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968

 

(E) Samuel Whibley, 28, of Derwen Deg, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey, is charged with:

  • Six offences of the encouragement of terrorism contrary to Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006
  • Two offences of disseminating a terrorist publication that encourages terrorism contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006

For full charge details please see below.

The 16 year old male from Swindon (D) was released from custody without charge on Friday May 7.

All four persons appeared, via video link, before Westminster Magistrates Court this morning (Friday May 14). They have been remanded in custody to appear at the Central Criminal Court on May 28.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East. He said: “We understand these arrests and police activity have caused considerable concern within our communities, in particular the impact of speculation around them and the ongoing enquiries across social media.

“Public safety remains our number one priority at all times. An extensive and thorough investigation has led to these four individuals being put before courts.

“We would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and support and continue to ask for the cooperation of the public in not speculating about the case to avoid any negative or prejudicial impact on the forthcoming court proceedings.

“Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting to police in confidence at gov.uk/ACT.

“Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them. Action Counters Terrorism. Remember, in an emergency, always dial 999.”

Full Charge Details:

Mr Wright, Mr Hall and Ms Salmon

Possession of the firearm:

On and before 1 May 2021, Daniel Liam Wright, Liam Joseph Hall and Stacey Louise Salmon had in their possession, without authority, a firearm which either has a barrel less than 30 centimetres in length or is less than 60 centimetres in length overall, other than an air weapon, a muzzle-loading gun or a firearm designed as signalling apparatus.  Contrary to section 5(1)(aba) Firearms Act 1968

Manufacture of the firearm:

On or before 29 April 2021, Daniel Liam Wright and Liam Joseph Hall, without authority, manufactured a firearm which has a barrel less than 30 centimetres in length or is less than 60 centimetres in length overall, other than an air weapon, a muzzle-loading gun or a firearm designed as signalling apparatus.  Contrary to section 5(2A) Firearms Act 1968.

Possession for terrorism purposes

On and before 1 May 2021, Daniel Liam Wright, Liam Joseph Hall and Stacey Louise Salmon, possessed a article, namely components of a 3D printed firearm, in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that their possession was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 57 Terrorism Act 2000.

Mr Wright – Section 2

On 21 April 2021 Daniel Liam Wright transmitted electronically the content of a publication, with links to a folder of material, which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement to some or all of the persons to whom it may become available, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct would be the direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

Mr Wright – Section 58

On and before 1 May 2021 Mr Wright collected or made three records of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Contrary to section 58 Terrorism Act 2000.

Mr Whibley

On 5 January 2021 and 8 January 2021 Samuel James Whibley provided a service to others to enable them to obtain, read, listen to or look at terrorist publications, and at the time of doing so intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct was a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Contrary to section 2(1) and 2(2)(d) Terrorism Act 2006.

On 21 January 2021 Samuel James Whibley published a statement which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement to some or all of the members of the public to whom it was published, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether members of the public would be so encouraged.  Contrary to section 1(2) Terrorism Act 2006.

On 23 January 2021 Samuel James Whibley transmitted electronically the content of a publication which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement to some or all of the persons to whom it may become available, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct would be the direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

On 25 February 2021 Samuel James Whibley transmitted electronically the content of a publication, which is likely to be useful in the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism and to be understood, by some or all of those persons to whom it is may become available wholly or mainly for the purpose of being so useful to them, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct was the provision of assistance in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

On 18 March 2021 Samuel James Whibley transmitted electronically a video which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement, to some or all the persons to whom it is or may become available, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct was a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation or acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

On 17 April 20221 Samuel James Whibley transmitted electronically the content of a publication, namely the instructions on how to make a 3D printed firearm, which is likely to be useful in the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism and to be understood, by some or all of those persons to whom it is may become available wholly or mainly for the purpose of being so useful to them, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct was the provision of assistance in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

On 21 April 2021 Samuel James Whibley published a statement, with links to a folder of material, which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement to some or all of the members of the public to whom it was published, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether members of the public would be so encouraged.  Contrary to section 1(2) Terrorism Act 2006.

Notes to Editors

Media are reminded of their responsibility to check with the courts regarding any reporting restrictions that may be imposed.

Five people were arrested on Saturday May 1 from Anglesey, Bradford and Swindon.

An extension was approved by the court on Sunday May 2, allowing the continued detention and questioning of all five subjects.

The 16 year old male (D) was released without charge on Friday May 7.

A further extension was granted by the courts on Friday May 7 for the four remaining subjects. This gave police until Saturday May 15 to charge, release or apply for an additional extension.

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