Teen jailed for IS-inspired plot to behead police officer on Anzac Day

A teen who planned to run over and decapitate a police officer at an Australian Veterans' Day ceremony has been jailed for 10 years.

Sevdet Besim, 19, who police said was inspired by so-called Islamic State, admitted one count of planning for a terrorist act.

Prosecutors said he was involved in a plot to attack last year's services in Melbourne or the neighbouring city of Dandenong marking Anzac Day, the annual commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli landings in Turkey.

In court documents, prosecutors said Besim and a British accomplice had also discussed packing a kangaroo with explosives and painting it with the IS symbol before setting it loose on Australian police officers.

There was no suggestion the alleged kangaroo plot was linked to the Anzac Day plan.

Last year, a British court sentenced a 15-year-old boy from Blackburn for his role in the plot.

The Gallipoli campaign was the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War. Hundreds of thousands of people attend commemoration services around Australia to mark the anniversary.