Teenage neo-Nazi to be sentenced for planning terrorist acts in Durham

A teenage neo-Nazi who listed venues in his home city "worth attacking" will be sentenced on Tuesday, January 7 for preparing to commit terrorist acts.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 7:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 8:56 am
Photo issued by Counter Terrorism Police North East of the cover and an excerpt taken from a 16 year old's 'manifesto' shown to a jury at Manchester Crown Court. Picture: PA.

The 16-year-old boy drafted his own manifesto entitled A Manual For Practical And Sensible Guerrilla Warfare Against The Kike System In The Durham City Area, Sieg Heil.

Targets in Durham such as schools, pubs, council buildings and post offices were identified in the first chapter, Areas To Attack, to "maximise the impact of the attacks and damage the system the most".

The youngster, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also wrote of planning to conduct an arson spree with Molotov cocktails on local synagogues.

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Photo issued by Counter Terrorism Police North East of a sketch drawn by a 16 year old which was shown to a jury at Manchester Crown Court. Picture: PA.

Various handwritten documents were seized from his bedroom in March last year by police who also found a collection of far-right literature.

He wrote of his pride as an alpha fascist youth member through numerous online platforms and shared his unhealthy appetite for extreme right wing material with others.

Analysis of his computer devices and mobile phone also uncovered numerous internet searches on firearms, explosives and knives.

After a six-week trial ending in November 2019, a jury found him guilty of preparation of terrorist acts between October 2017 and March last year on Wednesday, November 20.

The youth was also unanimously found guilty of disseminating a terrorist publication, possessing an article for a purpose connected with terrorism and three counts of possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

He will be sentenced later on Tuesday at Manchester Crown Court.