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Teenager sentenced for making a pipe bomb


A 17-year-old right-wing extremist who made a pipe bomb and praised the killer of Jo Cox MP was sentenced to Youth Rehabilitation Order at Leeds Crown Court (13th February).

Police were alerted to the teenager's activities when he posted an image of the bomb on the social media network Snapchat.

Officers found the device in a desk drawer in his bedroom in Bradford. The room was decorated with neo-Nazi paraphernalia. Leeds Crown Court was told that the pipe-bomb was not high-powered, but could have caused injury and shock.

The jury heard that shortly after the murder of Jo Cox, the defendant posted material on Facebook, praising her killer and describing him as a "Hero".  He was also an active member of an extreme right-wing youth group called National Action, which has since been proscribed as a terrorist organisation.

Sue Hemming from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The evidence presented by prosecutors showed this youth had made an explosive device that was capable of causing physical injury. Where there is sufficient evidence, and it is in the public interest, the CPS will always seek to prosecute and the jury agreed that there was no lawful reason to have produced the bomb."


Notes to Editors

  1. The teenager cannot be named because of his age.
  2. The seventeen year old was convicted of Making Explosives, contrary to section 4 (1) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 at his trial at Leeds Crown in Court January 2017.
  3. The teenager was acquitted of a second charge of Preparation of Terrorist Acts, contrary to section 5 (1) (a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
  4. He was sentenced to a three year Youth Rehabilitation Order.
  5. Sue Hemming is the Head the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the Crown Prosecution Service.
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