Birmingham teenager admits terrorism offences

Thursday, 11th March 2021

A BIRMINGHAM teenager has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges at a youth court today (Thursday 11 March).

The 15-year-old from the Bartley Green area of Birmingham, who cannot be named due to his age, admitted the offences at Westminster Magistrates Court.

The charges relate to three counts of possessing a document used to prepare or commit an act of terrorism between 5 May 2020 to 23 June 2020.

He was arrested at his home in June 2020.

The boy has been conditionally bailed from court and will next appear at Birmingham Youth Court on 21 May for pre-sentence reports.

ACTION COUNTERS TERRORISM

With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives.

That’s why Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) is encouraging communities across the country to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence at gov.uk/ACT or, in an emergency, dial 999.

Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could potentially include:

  • Hiring large vehicles or similar for no obvious reasons
  • Buying or storing a large amount of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reasons
  • Taking notes or photos of security arrangements, or inspecting CCTV cameras in an unusual way
  • Looking at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or sharing and creating content that promotes or glorifies terrorism.
  • Someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online.
  • Embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology.
  • Possessing firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them
  • Holding passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reasons
  • Anyone who goes away travelling for long periods of time but is vague about where
  • Someone carrying out suspicious or unusual bank transactions

You are not wasting our time, and no call or click will be ignored. What you tell us is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report it. Visit gov.uk/ACT and remember, trust your instincts and ACT.

Here at Tamworth Informed, we want to say a huge thank you to all NHS Staff, Care Workers, Emergency Service Workers, Shop Staff and anyone else helping to keep us safe, healthy, fed, watered or connected to vital services during the last 12 months of the Covid Pandemic. Please stay safe and look after each other.
THE ROUTE OUT OF LOCKDOWN

On Monday 22 February, we reported how Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the Governments roadmap out of lockdown in England. Below you can see the 4 steps.  

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