Bradford Man Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Terrorism Offences

A Bradford man has today pleaded guilty to possessing and sharing terrorist related material.

Farooq Rashid43 year old Farooq Rashid (10/08/1974) of Duchy Crescent, Bradford pleaded guilty, at Leeds Crown Court, to one count under Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006, Dissemination of a terrorist publication, and one count of Possessing a publication likely to be useful to a terrorist, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Rashid was arrested by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East in October 2016 as part of an intelligence led inquiry and charged in September 2017.

He has today been sentenced to 24 months imprisonment.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is the Head of CTP North East. He said: “Terrorist groups such as Daesh rely heavily on their propaganda being shared online to encourage support, radicalise, and provoke individuals to carry out attacks abroad and in the UK.

 “By sharing and possessing such documents, Rashid has now received a prison sentence.

 “Tackling extremist material is an essential part of protecting the public and preventing offences that incite or encourage acts of terrorism.

“We urge anyone who sees extremist content online to report their concerns anonymously to specialist officers  via www.gov.uk/report-terrorism or by contacting the police in confidence on 0800 789321”

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