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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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More than 3,000 messages sent about Anzac Day plot

A 15-year-old British boy exchanged more than 3,000 messages with an alleged Australian jihadist in relation to an Anzac Day terror plot.

The teenager, whose identity has not been revealed, and 18-year-old Sevdet Besim's discussions included targets, weapons of choice, and method of killing.

One of the 'chilling' messages sent by the British teenager. Credit: ITV News

They then settled on the plan that "police officers should be murdered by beheading".

In one exchange, Besim messaged the then 14-year-old: "So far the plan is to run a cop over on the anzac parade & then continue to kill a cop then take ghanimah and run to shahadah?"

The boy from Blackburn in Lancashire, then responded: "ill give orders soon but its looking along that line."

He has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of five years after admitting to inciting terrorism overseas in July.

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