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article imageBritish teenager pleads guilty to terror charges

By Amanda Payne     Mar 11, 2013 in Crime
Birmingham - A 16-year-old boy from Northamptonshire, England, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing explosive chemicals and bomb-making manuals at an appearance at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons was arrested in February 2012. A search by police of his home in Bugbrooke found explosive materials such as sulphur powder and potassium nitrate plus various manuals on terrorism including one called 'The Terrorist handbook'.
The boy appeared in court on Monday March 11. He has been held under the Mental Health Act at a secure unit since his arrest.The BBC reports that the boy also pleaded guilty to possessing a number of banned images of children.
Sky News reports that the boy had been caught after boasting in an internet chatroom to a person in the USA that he was going to stage a massacre at his school before killing himself.
The FBI were told and by following the boy's IP address, found that he lived in the UK. Police in the UK then moved in to make the arrest. As well as the explosives and manuals, the police also found a notebook where the boy had written down his plans for his attack on the school, including detailed diagrams.
Prosecutor Mark Topping said in court that the boy has a severe form of Asperger's Syndrome which "causes him to be less inhibited about putting ideas into effect"
During police interviews, the boy had said that it was all a fantasy and that he was not going to actually carry out any of his plans.
His father told the court, however, that his son had had an interest in Satanism and Nazism since the age of 10 and was fascinated with serial killers such as the Zodiac Killer and Dennis Nilsen.
The 16-year-old will now be detained in a secure mental hospital.
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