A teenager from Essex has been charged with six terrorism offences following an investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Essex Police.
The 17 year old was arrested and detained under the Terrorism Act on the morning of Tuesday December 29, as part of a pre-planned, intelligence led operation. Two residential properties in Chelmsford and Brentwood were searched in connection with the arrest.
On Wednesday December 30 a warrant of further detention was approved by the court, giving detectives extra time to hold and question him.
He was charged with the following offences yesterday (Sunday, January 3) and appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court via video link this morning.
- 1 offence of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006
- 1 offence of Disseminating a terrorist publication, contrary to Section 2 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
- 4 offences of Possessing material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
The teenager has been remanded and will next appear before the Old Bailey on Friday January 22, 2021.
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