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Man convicted of terrorism offences is jailed for breaching conditions

A man who breached conditions imposed on him after he was convicted of terrorism offences has been sentenced to three years and two months in prison. 

Met Counter Terrorism Command officers identified Harry Blake, 21 (23.05.02) of west London owned a mobile phone and memory card he had not notified police of, as he was legally required to.

He was stopped under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on 7 August 2022, by counter terrorism officers based at Gatwick Airport.

Officers seized the mobile phone and memory card, which were sent to specialist digital forensic officers for examination. The devices contained extreme pornography and indecent images of children.

Detectives subsequently arrested Blake on 15 September 2022 and charged him in relation to the breach of conditions and criminal images.

He later pleaded guilty to three counts of a notification offence, contrary to section 54 of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008; three counts of failing to comply with an order, contrary to section 25 of the Serious Crime Act 2007; three counts of possession of extreme pornography and one count of possession of indecent images of children.

He was sentenced at the Old Bailey today, Thursday, 3 August.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gareth Rees of the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Blake had been convicted of offences relating to sharing extremist content online, so restrictions were imposed to curb his access to computer systems. His breach of these conditions was extremely serious. Not only had he breached the conditions, but we uncovered that he had also been storing child abuse images.

“I hope this case sends the message that we closely monitor people who are under terrorism notification and crime prevention orders, and that we will bring them back to court where we’ve found they’ve broken those conditions.”

In September 2020, Blake pleaded guilty to 14 terrorism offences relating to extreme right wing terrorism and two child abuse image offences.

He received a suspended jail sentence, a ten-year terrorist offender notification order; and was ordered to attend a number of programmes including for deradicalisation.

He was also given a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO), imposing a range of restrictions on his computer use. One prohibited him from using any device that could access the internet unless he had notified the Met Police.

Blake remains subject to the ten-year notification order and will again be subject to a SCPO upon his release from prison.