Fourteen-year-old boy from Hampshire charged with plotting terror attack

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with plotting a terror attack, police say.

The teenager, from Eastleigh in Hampshire, has been charged with one count of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to Section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006 connected to Islamist terrorism.

Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) said the boy, who has not been named, was arrested by officers from Hampshire Constabulary on Friday – and later further arrested by counter-terrorism detectives under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.

He is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

A CTPSE statement said: “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.

“If you think you have seen something suspicious that may be linked to terrorist activity, have the confidence to share those concerns. It may be unusual behaviour in a particular place or at a particular time of day – don’t rely on others.”

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