Two men have today (Tuesday, June 18, 2019) received prison sentences following an extreme right wing operation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.
Michal Szewczuk (14/04/2000) from Leeds was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months in prison and Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski (15/03/2001) from London was sentenced to 18 months.
At an earlier hearing, Michal Szewczuk pleaded guilty to two counts under Section 1 (Encouraging Terrorism) and five counts under Section 58 (possession of material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of Terrorism) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski pleaded guilty to two counts under Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
The pair were arrested in December 2018 by officers from CTP North East supported by colleagues from the CT network and Hampshire and Avon and Somerset police.
Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is the Head of CTP NE and said: “Dunn-Koczorowski and Szewczuk clearly see themselves as superior to the majority of society and they feel there duty is to express their beliefs, in turn teaching others. “The considerable amount of material they have posted on social media channels not only reflects their extremist beliefs but was intended to encourage others to carry out despicable acts.
“Both men have developed and evolved their interest in the extreme right wing ideology over time through research and connecting with like-minded individuals.
“We will tackle all forms of toxic extremism which has the potential to threaten public safety and security. We work tirelessly with our partners to confront them and bring those involved to justice.
“With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. The cooperation between public and police is a powerful defence.
“Every day, officers from the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit trawl the Internet, looking for extremist material but thousands of reports each year come from members of the public who flag up their concerns regarding online posts.
“If you see someone looking at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or sharing and creating content that promotes or glorifies terrorism please report it. You are not wasting our time, and no call or click will be ignored. What you tell us is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.
“Action Counters Terrorism. Please report concerns via www.gov.uk/ACT .”