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17-year-old from Loughborough charged with terrorism offences

A 17-year-old boy from Loughborough has been charged with terrorism-related offences by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

The boy has been charged with:

  • Two counts of possessing an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 57 Terrorism Act 2000
  • One count of possessing a document or record which contains 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
  • One count of possessing an offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953.

The 17-year-old was arrested on Thursday 21st February and appeared at Westminster Youth Court on Wednesday 27th.

Two more 17-year-old boys were arrested in Loughborough on Monday 25th February on suspicion of Section 57 of Terrorism Act 2000. That makes it an offence to possess articles connected to an act of terrorism.

They have now been bailed pending further enquiries.