A neo-Nazi teenager from Derbyshire has admitted terror offences after threatening an attack on migrants at Dover.
The fifteen-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, discussed the attack on a far-right Telegram channel that he had created, explaining his intentions and potential weapons.
He appeared on Monday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism and possessing and disseminating a terrorist publication.
He had a previous conviction for threatening to blow up a mosque last year but was given a slap on the wrist for what was described as a “bomb hoax, a prank and a joke”. However, at that time he appeared alongside a sixteen-year-old co-defendant from southeast London who admitted dissemination of a terrorist publication. An investigation showed that he had made videos featuring Hitler, Nazis murdering victims in concentration camps and a woman singing “All Jews should die, race mixing is a sin”, and had searched the internet for weapons.
The Senior National Coordinator for Counterterrorism Policing, Dean Haydon, said: “We cannot hope to arrest our way out of this problem – the only way we can hope to reverse this worrying prevalence of children in our arrest statistics is to stop them from being radicalised in the first place.”
Far-right terrorist activity among British youth has become a very concerning trend. Just last month we reported that, according to recent figures that were released from the Home Office, out of over 300 people who were identified in 2019-2020 who could be seen to harbour radical views, 175 were below the age of twenty, with 70 being below the age of fourteen.
Earlier this year, a teenager from Cornwall became the UK’s youngest terror offender, after he admitted twelve terrorism offenses, while another teenager from Newcastle who called himself Hitler on numerous social media platforms and an online group that he created glorifying far-right violence pleaded guilty to terrorism offences.
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.