Boy, 16, faces explosives charges

Northamptonshire Police officers have been investigating a teenage boy who is accused of terrorism offences

Northamptonshire Police officers have been investigating a teenage boy who is accused of terrorism offences

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A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with explosives and terrorism offences after he was found with books on how to make improvised bombs.

The teenager, who cannot been named for legal reasons, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

The boy, who was arrested at his home in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, in February, is charged with possessing explosive substances, namely sulphur powder and potassium nitrate, and numerous books and manuals including The Terrorist Handbook, CIA Explosives For Sabotage Manual and The Anarchist Cookbook, along with a book on how to make Semtex.

Since his arrest he has been detained under the Mental Health Act in secure accommodation in the West Midlands area, Northamptonshire Police said.

The teenager is charged with knowingly possessing explosive substances, namely sulphur powder and potassium nitrate, between January 1 2012 and February 26 2012, contrary to Section 4 of the Explosives Substances Act 1883.

He is also charged with possessing a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism between October 1 2011 and February 26 2012, contrary to Section 58(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

These include books and manuals including The Terrorist Handbook; The Black Book Companion: State-Of-The-Art Improvised Munitions; CIA Explosives For Sabotage Manual; Homemade C4 - A Recipe For Survival; Homemade Semtex; Improved Landmines - Their Employment And Destructive Capabilities; An Anarchist's Cookbook - Recipes For Disaster; and Zips Pipes Pens - Arsenal Of Improvised Weapons.

The youth also faces a further charge of possessing a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, namely a book containing a drawing of an improvised explosive device between October 1 2011 and February 26 2012, contrary to Section 58(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

He will next appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on January 23, Northamptonshire Police said.

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