Boy, 14, arrested over terrorism offence

24 May 2024, 13:36 | Updated: 24 May 2024, 15:29

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in London over a terrorism offence.

Police have said the investigation, led by the Met's counter terrorism command, is related to extreme right-wing terrorist material.

The teenager was arrested on Wednesday at a west London address on suspicion of possessing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He was later released on bail until August pending further inquiries.

Officers also carried out a search at an address in west London and inquiries remain ongoing.

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"This arrest is indicative of a continuing and concerning trend of young people being drawn into and involved in terrorist-related activity," Dominic Murphy, head of the Met's counter terrorism command, said.

He added that around a fifth of those arrested for terrorism offences last year were aged under 18.

Commander Murphy continued: "That is why it is so important for parents, friends and family to be looking out for any warning signs that a child might be getting drawn into extremism or terrorism and to ACT Early, by contacting us for advice and support before it is too late."