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Halifax woman pleads guilty to terrorism offences

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

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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.

“Ammber Rafiq is a young woman who had a promising future ahead of her. Instead she has shared the propaganda of Daesh, who are also known as ISIL, the Islamic State and ISIS, which could then radicalise others.

“Daesh and other groups seek to use the internet to provoke individuals to carry out attacks in the UK. Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or encourage acts of terrorism. Counter Terrorism Policing in the North East and across the UK is committed to pursuing those who promote terrorist propaganda in order that they are brought before the courts. The safety of our communities is paramount.

"Due to the seriousness of her offences, Ammber Rafiq was remanded in custody following her arrest. Had we been able to intervene earlier we may have been able to prevent these crimes from being committed in the first place and we appeal to the public to share any concerns they have as soon as possible.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East

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