A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in Britain on terrorism charges as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of sharing extreme Islamic content online, Scotland Yard reported on Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Police said its Counter-Terrorism Command arrested the teenager on Tuesday at an address in west London on suspicion of promoting terrorist material in violation of Section 2 of the UK Terrorism Act 2006.
“The investigation is related to allegations of sharing extreme Islamist material online,” Met police said.
If he is convicted and convicted, the teenager will be the youngest person in the UK to be convicted of a terrorist offense.
Richard Smith, commander-in-chief of the Mets counter, said: “While it is still rare for a young man to be arrested for a crime against terrorism, we have seen a worrying increase in the number of teenagers being involved in terrorism in recent times.” Terrorist Command.
“This special investigation is ongoing, but more broadly, we work closely with a full range of partners to try and protect young and vulnerable individuals away from extremism and terrorism and to protect and divert them,” he said.
The boy was detained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and was taken into custody before being granted bail to appear in court in mid-June. Officers received a PACE warrant for a search of West London’s address and have now done so. Met Police said its officers would work closely with child protection agency partners as the investigation continues.
Commander Smith said the public has an important role to play, as he believes any friend or relative who thinks they are being “attracted to extremism or terrorism” should contact the force as part of the ACT Early Strategy – or Action Counters Terrorism. Early
There is also an app called iREPORTit for people to report such terrorism concerns.
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