Man sentenced for terrorism and indecent images offences

A 31 year old man from Barnsley has been sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment and one year on licence for terrorism and indecent images offences.

He will also be subject to a ten year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Ryan Jackson was arrested in July 2021 as part of an intelligence led investigation into an online right-wing extremist chat group. 

Members of the Telegram group from across the UK came together to exchange racist views, propaganda, and terror manuals, while advocating the use of violence to further their cause. 

Linked investigations have led to six other members of the Telegram chat being convicted and sentenced to over 40 years imprisonment for terrorism and firearms offences.

A search was conducted at Jackson’s home following his arrest, resulting in 25 digital exhibits being seized and subject to detailed examination. He was found to have collected terrorist publications and had shared instructional terrorist material in the Telegram group.

While expert investigators were examining the devices, it was also found that Jackson had amassed over 900 indecent images of children, and over 200 extreme pornographic images involving animals.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Dunkerley, head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East said: “This case demonstrates the seriousness of engaging in extremist behaviour online and the real world consequences of doing so.

“Anyone found to be involved in such activity can expect to be identified and put before the courts.

“I would encourage anyone who is aware of extreme material online, to report it to police so we can take appropriate action.”


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