Thursday 8 December 2016

Boy (14) held in UK as part of Australian terror inquiry

Dean Gray

Published 21/04/2015 | 02:30

Australian police confirmed it was linked to the arrest of five teenagers in Melbourne over alleged plans to target police at an Anzac memorial.
Australian police confirmed it was linked to the arrest of five teenagers in Melbourne over alleged plans to target police at an Anzac memorial.

Anti-terrorist police in Britain have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with an alleged terror plot in Australia.

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The boy from Blackburn is being held in the UK regarding an alleged terror plot at a World War One centenary event in Australia.

Greater Manchester Police said the boy was first arrested on April 2 on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism.

Officers said they had uncovered a "credible terrorist threat".

Australian police confirmed it was linked to the arrest of five teenagers in Melbourne over alleged plans to target police at an Anzac memorial.

In a joint statement, Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police said they "can confirm a link between the arrest of a 14-year-old boy in Blackburn, Lancashire".

Australian Police arrested five men on Saturday and two remain in custody.

The other three have been released, but police have said that one man is expected to be charged on weapons offences.

Greater Manchester Police said the 14-year-old was arrested after police searched an address in Blackburn under warrant and examined a number of electronic devices.

Irish Independent

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