A teenager from Cornwall is the UK’s youngest terror offender, after he admitted twelve terrorism offenses.
It is understood that he downloaded his first bombmaking manual at thirteen, and joined the far-right Fascist Forge. Now sixteen, the neo-Nazi teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted two counts of dissemination of terrorist documents and ten of possession of terrorist material.
In 2018 and 2019, he expressed antisemitic, racist and anti-gay views online, reportedly talking about “gassing” Jewish people and hanging gay people. He is also believed to have been in contact with the founder of the proscribed neo-Nazi terror group Feuerkrieg Division.
His home was searched and police found a Nazi flag, a racist slogan on the garden shed and manuals on his computer and phone about making weapons.
The prosecutor observed that “The age is the alarming factor and his conduct betrays a maturity beyond his chronological age.”
Sentencing at the Old Bailey is expected on 8th February.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “There has been a notable rise in far-right activity among the young, with older activists deliberately targeting youth with specially-designed videos and other material. Social media companies are too often failing to act against the threat, which, as this latest conviction shows, is very real. The number of prosecutions of young offenders shows that the criminal justice system is taking the matter seriously, but further preventative action is necessary to stop the deplorable brainwashing of young people with far-right hate.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism has previously reported on far-right efforts to recruit young people.
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.