17 Year Old Sentenced For Explosives Offences

A 17 year old male from Bradford has today, Monday February 13, 2017, been sentenced to a three year Youth Rehabilitation Order for explosives offences, in addition to the time he has served on remand since his arrest in July last year. He was found guilty of explosive offences in January following a two week trial at Leeds Crown Court.

He was arrested by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in July 2016 after reports were made to police regarding concerning images posted on Snapchat. One post showed a crude, home-made device, accompanied by the words ‘Incendiary explosive and home-made black powder. More to come’.

The 17 year old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of Making or possessing explosives under suspicious circumstances. The jury found him not guilty of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Head of Investigations at the North East CTU, Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, said: “The fact that this individual had constructed a viable device, capable of causing injury or harm, is extremely concerning. To make and possess such a device is dangerous and constitutes a serious criminal offence."

“The defendant admitted during interview that the images he sent on Snapchat were intended to frighten people and they did just that, resulting in a report to police."

“As with any potential threat to public safety, this report was taken extremely seriously, resulting in a swift response and thorough investigation by Counter Terrorism officers.”

“We are grateful that his behaviour was quickly reported to police, allowing officers to take immediate action in the interest of safeguarding our communities.”

Social media platforms can provide a space in which individuals may display behaviour which gives others cause for concern. If you see activity online or elsewhere which you consider suspicious we’d urge you to contact your local police on 101, or the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. If the threat is immediate, always dial 999.



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