Sunday 18 August 2019

Two teen boys (both 14) arrested by counter-terror police charged with conspiracy to murder

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Rachael Burnett

Two 14-year-old boys who were arrested by counter-terror police have been charged with conspiracy to murder, detectives said.

The teenagers, from Northallerton in north Yorkshire, were arrested on Saturday by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

Both have been been charged with conspiracy to murder and one faces another charge of aggravated burglary.

They are due to appear in custody at Leeds Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

The boys were arrested on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism as part of an intelligence-led investigation.

Police also carried out searches at a number of addresses in the Northallerton area, including three houses.

Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain, North Yorkshire Police, said: "Officers believe that this is an isolated incident and the wider community are not at risk.

"We appreciate the cooperation of local residents whilst the investigation continues."

It is understood Chris Byrne, headteacher of Northallerton School and Sixth Form College, moved to reassure parents by sending out a letter after the arrests.

North Yorkshire County Council said the school has been "supporting the police in their investigation".

Stuart Carlton, director of child services at the council, said: "We fully recognise that there are concerns as a result of this investigation.

"We are working with the police to provide reassurance to the local community, and in particular to the young people, parents and staff connected with this case and we will continue to provide support with our partners."

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