A right-wing supporter from south east London who was described as “a serious risk to the public” has been spared jail. 

Alfie Stevens from Surrey Quays shared terrorist documents on Telegram along with a manual with instructions on how to build a bomb.

He was also found with Nazi paraphernalia in his car.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey, central London, in July to three charges of dissemination of a terrorist document and was given a two-year suspended sentence at the same court on Thursday.

Judge Sarah Munro, sentencing him, said he was an “easy target” for radicalisation and became involved in the National Front and National Action as a teenager, travelling to Dover to protest against refugees, where he later described “sieg heiling”.

After breaking up with his partner in January 2021, Stevens lived in his car and joined two chat groups on Telegram, the court heard, where he suggested going on “survival training camps” and claimed he was ordering a deactivated submachine gun used in Germany in the Second World War.

He shared links to three right-wing publications on the encrypted messaging platform, including one titled “White Resistance Manual”, a 310-page document with chapters on firearms and explosives.

Judge Munro said a forensic scientist concluded that, if the instructions in the manual were followed, it would be possible to manufacture “potentially lethal explosive substances” including pipe bombs.

The other documents he shared were titled, How to Start and Train a Militia Unit and an IRA Handbook.

Stevens, who was arrested for the terrorism offences in October 2022, was previously arrested in August 2021 while driving over the limit in Albion Street, south-east London, when he was found to be in possession of a bladed article, the court heard.

In the car officers found a swastika armband, a Nazi flag and a hoodie with Hitler’s face on it and the message: “No remorse – one day the world will know Adolf Hitler was right”.

The court heard a probation officer considered there was a “high risk” Stevens could reoffend and that he posed a “high risk of serious harm” to the public.

In mitigation, Judge Munro said Stevens had been described as “naive and almost childlike” and that he had not shared any unlawful material since January 27 2021.

The judge concluded: “You undoubtedly qualify for an immediate sentence due to the risk you pose and the need to punish you and to deter others.

“However, in the light of the fact that your offending was nearly three years ago, and your previous compliance with a community order together with the mitigation, I have concluded that on this occasion the sentence can be suspended.”