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15-year-old British boy given life sentence over Australia terror plot

A "dangerous" 15-year-old boy from Blackburn has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of five years for orchestrating a "chilling" plot to attack Anzac Day celebrations in Australia.

The boy, who plotted the attack when he was 14, wanted police officers to be beheaded at a parade in Melbourne in April. He pleaded guilty to inciting terrorism overseas in July - making him Britain's youngest terrorist.

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Family of Anzac plot teen were 'shocked' by his arrest

The family of a 15-year-old sentenced to life for plotting to behead police officers in Australia have said they were "shocked and devastated" by his arrest.

A statement, read by a lawyer on behalf of the family, said they had been "completely unaware of his activities" and are relieved that no-one was injured.

The family were shocked and devastated when he was arrested, as until that point they were completely unaware of his activities. They are, of course, relieved that no one was injured as a consequence of his behaviour.

The case has had a painful effect on the family, although they have completely cooperated with the police, both during the course of the investigation, and also the Court proceedings.

– Statement on behalf of Blackburn teenager's family

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