South Shields man who posted extreme right wing beliefs online is convicted of terrorism offences

Two men who came together online to promote their shared extreme right wing mind-set have been found guilty of offences under the Terrorism Act.

Monday, 21st October 2019, 7:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 5:58 pm

Morgan Seales, of Turner Avenue, South Shields, and Gabriele Longo, of Burdock Close, Crawley have been 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.

The jury at Leeds Crown Court also found Longo guilty of disseminating terrorist publications.

The arrests of Longo, 26, and Seales, 20, followed an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by CTP South East, Northumbria and Sussex Police.

Leeds Crown Court

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Following examination of Seales’ mobile phone, a Longo was identified as having posted concerning material online.

The 26-year-old was arrested in early April and subsequently charged.

Following the conviction on Monday, October 21, Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, 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.

“With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism.

“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.

“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.”

Longo and Seales will be sentenced on Wednesday, October 23.