South Shields man who posted about 'extreme right wing beliefs' online jailed for four years after terrorism conviction

A South Shields man has been jailed for four years after being found guilty of encouraging terrorism.

Morgan Seales, of Turner Avenue, South Shields, was jailed for four years.
Morgan Seales, of Turner Avenue, South Shields, was jailed for four years.

Morgan Seales, of Turner Avenue, South Shields, was sentenced on Wednesday, October 23 after being found guilty following a trial.

They were both found guilty of encouraging terrorism, possessing material for terrorist purposes and collecting or making a record of information useful in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

Gabriele Longo of Burdock Close, Crawley was sentenced to six years .

Longo was convicted of disseminating terrorist publications.

The arrests of Longo and Seales, 20, followed an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by CTP South East, Northumbria Police and Sussex Police.

After concerns were raised about Seales’ online activity, he was arrested in March 2019, and, following the granting of a warrant of further detention, was charged in April.

As a result, Longo was then arrested in early April and subsequently charged.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East and has encouraged the public to report anything unusual or suspicious.

He said: “It is apparent from the examination of both individuals’ mobile phones that they regularly participated in online chats and made postings that reflect their extreme right wing beliefs, their beliefs developing and evolving over time through research and connecting with like-minded individuals.

“Longo also went as far as encouraging others to carry out despicable acts under the banner of the extreme right wing ideology.

“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, including the posting and sharing of material of concern you may have seen online.

“Every day, officers from the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit trawl the Internet, looking for extremist material but thousands of reports each year come from members of the public who flag up their concerns regarding online posts.”