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16-year-old boy pleads guilty to terrorism offences

A teenager has pleaded guilty to terrorism offences Credit: ITV Central News

A teenager from Birmingham has pleaded guilty to attempting to travel in order to commit acts of terrorism.

The 16-year-old boy from Sutton Coldfield, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted the charge of preparing for terrorist acts under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, at an appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court.

The youth was arrested at Birmingham Airport in June 2017 by officers from the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit, as he attempted to check in on a flight bound for Istanbul.

He had been reported missing by his concerned family.

The school boy, who was 15 at the time of his arrest, had used his parent’s credit cards to book the one-way flight and accommodation to Turkey. It is believed he planned to make his way on to the war zone in Syria and join a proscribed organisation.

He arrived at Birmingham airport on the morning of 12 June, but was stopped as he did not have a flight booked. He returned later that day having booked a flight to Turkey, but was arrested.

When he was searched, officers found his school uniform in his rucksack and discovered Turkish money tucked into his sock.

He has been bailed with strict conditions to appear at Stratford Youth Court in London on 20 February.