A 14-year-boy has pleaded not guilty to preparing terrorist activity during a hearing today (18th June) in Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard how the 14-year-boy made and tested nail bombs in a room that he shared with his 5-year-old sibling.
The court also heard how the 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, declared his desire to become a ‘martyr’ and how he made instructional videos to show others how to do the same.
The teenager from Eastleigh was charged yesterday by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) with one count of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to contrary to section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006 connected to Islamist terrorism
The 14-year-old was initially arrested by officers from Hampshire Constabulary on Friday 12th June.
He was subsequently arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act by detectives from CTPSE.
A spokesperson for the Counter Terrorism Police said yesterday:
“We know that the community of Eastleigh might be concerned about this news, however, Hampshire Constabulary have been working closely with colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing South East on this investigation and we want to reassure you that we believe the investigation is isolated, and with no known wider risk to the community”.