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Terrorism, race hate, crimes against humanity, war crimes, violent extremism, hijacking and espionage cases are tackled by a specialist team of Crown Prosecutors. The Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS includes highly experienced prosecutors, advocates and caseworkers who work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.

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15 year old jailed for part in international terror plot

02/10/2015

A 15 year old boy from Blackburn has today been sentenced to detention for life for his part in a plan to attack ANZAC Day memorial celebrations in Melbourne.

The court heard that the boy had sent over 3000 messages to a fellow plotter in Australia and that they had discussed a plan to kill police officers.

The plot was foiled following arrests in both the UK and Australia before any attack could be carried out.

Sue Hemming, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said: "It is clear from cases such as this one that those who have been radicalised do not have to leave the UK in order to pose a threat to the public and the wider world.

"The plan to attack during the national day of mourning for the military dead of Australia and New Zealand was hatched by these individuals on different sides of the world and it was shocking in its brutality and scope.

"It is vital that we bring the full force of the law to bear on those who would seek to radicalise others or assist in preparation of acts of terror, regardless of where they or their targets are in the world."

Additional Information

Australia and New Zealand Army Corps Day (ANZAC Day) takes place every 25 April and commemorates all those from the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand who have died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

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