Boy, 14, charged with plotting terror attack

17 June 2020, 20:20 | Updated: 17 June 2020, 22:28

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with preparing terrorist acts
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with preparing terrorist acts. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with plotting a terror attack, Counter Terrorism Policing South East said.

The boy, from Eastleigh, in Hampshire, and was arrested on Friday.

He cannot be named due to his age, and will appear at Hampshire Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The offence is connected to Islamist terrorism.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We know that the community of Eastleigh might be concerned about this news, however we have been working closely with colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing South East on this investigation and we want to reassure you that we believe the investigation is isolated, and with no known wider risk to the community.

"If you think you have seen something suspicious that may be linked to terrorist activity have the confidence to share those concerns. It may be unusual behaviour in a particular place or at a particular time of day – don’t rely on others."

Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes warned people not to speculate on social media about the case.

He tweeted: "I was briefed on this issue this afternoon and thank the police for their informative release. As they've said they believe this to be an isolated incident and speculation on social media is not helpful. Thank you to our police forces for their hard work."

If you suspect it, report it by visiting www.gov.uk/ACT or by telephoning 0800 789 321.

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