The public are being reminded about the dangers young people can face online following the sentencing of two teenagers for sharing terrorist material online.
Following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East - supported by Counter Terrorism Policing East Midlands (CTP EM) - a 15 year old boy from Derbyshire pleaded guilty in June 2021 to the following offences:
One count of encouraging terrorism – Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006
One count of dissemination of a terrorist publication – Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006
One count of possession of a terrorist publication – Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000
He has been sentenced to a two-year Youth Rehabilitation Order and three-year Criminal Behaviour Order. He has been released from custody.
A second boy, a 16 year old from South East London, also pleaded guilty in June 2021 to one count under Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. He has been sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Referral Order and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £22 court surcharge.
The pair were arrested in September 2020 following a pre-planned, intelligence led investigation.
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