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Teenager charged with six terrorism offences

A teenager from Essex has been charged with six terrorism offences following an investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Essex Police.

Counter Terrorism Policing say that the 17-year-old was arrested and detained under the Terrorism Act on 29 December as part of a pre-planned, intelligence led operation. Two residential properties in Chelmsford and Brentwood were searched in connection with the arrest.

A day later, a warrant of further detention was approved by the court, giving detectives extra time to hold and question him. He has now been charged with the following offences: one offence of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006; one offence of Disseminating a terrorist publication, contrary to Section 2 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006; and four offences of Possessing material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

The accused has been remanded and will next appear before the Old Bailey on 22 January 2021.

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