Boys discussed killing minorities after being radicalised online in lockdown


The pair pleaded guilty to sharing terrorism-related materials in the online chat (Picture: Getty/Shutterstock)

Two schoolboys shared bomb-making manuals in a far-right online group as they sunk into a ‘twisted rabbit hole’ of radicalisation during lockdown.

The teenagers, who can’t be named for legal reasons, were part of a Telegram chat which encouraged violence against ethnic minorities, Jews and gay people.

Boy A, 15, founded the group and said he wanted to bomb London because it ‘isn’t English’ and ‘kill Muslims and n*****s’.

He made videos of himself brandishing knives, posted videos of the Christchurch mosque terror attack and downloaded IRA guides on how to make improvised explosives.

Boy B, 16, from Kent, shared a copy of a banned white supremacist terror document and downloaded footage of the New Zealand gun rampage which targeted Muslims.

Both teens admitted their role in posting copies of The White Resistance Manual and Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000 on social media.

According to prosecutors, analysis of their electronic devices revealed a ‘deep-rooted extreme right-wing racist ideology of an abhorrent, entrenched and concerning nature’.

The group, which was called ‘The British Hand’, would talk over the encrypted messaging app Telegram in private chats (Picture: Getty)

Prosecutor Alistair Richardson detailed how Boy A, who is originally from Derbyshire but was living in Swansea at the time, ‘set up and managed the group’ and ‘vetted like-minded individuals into private chat groups’.

He said: ‘Within those groups there was discussion about “doing something” against ethnic minorities with a discussion about weapons.

‘B was a member of the chat group, engaging in like-minded extremist chat.’

The prosecution said police had ‘made very real efforts with rehabilitation and deradicalisation’, but when specialists visited Boy A’s house on August 27, he responded by racially an officer in the group.

He added: ‘Yeah I’m fully ready for someone to call me a racist…I’m like yeah I hate n*****s, f**s and Jews and that’s who I am.

‘London isn’t English. I’d rather bomb it than live in it. Start fresh.’

The teens will be sentenced next month but can’t be publicly named for legal reasons (Picture: Shutterstock)

Defending Boy A, Mark Luckett said his client suffers from autism and ADHD and ‘fails to understand the real world compared to his online chat forums’.

He added: ‘In the first national lockdown he spent a concerning long time online during that period which unfortunately led him down a very twisted rabbit hole.

‘It’s clear at some point he’s been manipulated but it is unclear to say when.’

Justin McClintock, defending Boy B, said: ‘During a long period of isolation in lockdown and when he was suffering low moods and seeking out social contacts during isolation he sent these ugly messages and this link to the manual for when he is to be sentenced.

‘This is a young man who hasn’t consistently shown behaviour like this. This isn’t entrenched offending. This has all the marks of a one-off.

‘He has performed a period of long introspection and doesn’t maintain those views.’

Speaking in court, Boy A said ‘it’s not the type of person I am’ when videos of himself from the group were played.

Boy B said: ‘I can’t say what’s gotten into me. I can say confidently I will never touch that aspect of beliefs ever in my life. I will stop anyone I can from trying to even touch it.’

Both boys pleaded guilty to possessing terrorism-related materials at an earlier hearing and will be sentenced on September 9.

Boy A was remanded into youth detention while Boy B was granted conditional bail.

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