Halifax woman pleads guilty to terrorism offences

A 19-year-old woman from Halifax has pleaded guilty to terrorism offences at Sheffield Crown Court.

Ammber Rafiq pleaded guilty to four offences of Disseminating Terrorist Publications, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Rafiq was arrested on April 20, 2017 following an intelligence led investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by West Yorkshire Police.

She was charged a week later (April 27) and remanded into custody.

In March 2017 police were alerted to suspicious communications made by Ammber Rafiq. She had sent a number of links to terrorist publications over the chat service Paltalk in both group chat and in 1-1 chats.

During the course of the investigation, specialist officers examined over 48,000 messages and identified the publications Rafiq had sent.

Rafiq has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced tomorrow (Tuesday October 24).