The schoolboy previously admitted three counts of possessing information useful to a terrorist, specifically manuals for making explosives, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He was also reportedly active on racist online forums and, according to the prosecution, he regularly used “racist, antisemitic and anti-Islamic language” and made contact with other far-right radicals online.
The boy, who cannot be named, was arrested last year when he was thirteen in an investigation into extreme right-wing terrorism.
He was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Youth Court by Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring to complete a “high-intensity” referral order for twelve months. The judge believed that a custody order could undo the “rehabilitative” progress that the child, who has learning difficulties, has made.
Campaign Against Antisemitism has been monitoring and acting against the threat from the far-right for years and continues to support the authorities following suit.
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