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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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Police became aware of 'evil' Anzac plot after teen's arrest

The arrest of a 14-year-old on suspicion of threats to kill his teachers led to police becoming aware of his involvement in an Australia terror plot.

The boy, who is now 15, has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of five years for plotting to an attack at an Anzac Day Parade.

Anzac Day commemorates the anniversary of the First World War battle for Gallipoli. Credit: Reuters

Chief Constable Tim Jacques from Lancashire Police said: "At the time of his arrest in March 2015 the boy was subject to local safeguarding arrangements. Concerns were shared with us by partners and this led ultimately to the disruption of this evil plan".

“We remain committed to preventing vulnerable people being drawn into terrorist related activity. We will work closely with communities and our partners to address any form of extremism”.

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