A teenage boy has been charged with plotting a terror attack and is due to appear before Westminister magistrates court on Thursday.
The 14-year-old from Eastleigh, in Hampshire, was charged on Wednesday evening with one count of preparation of terrorist acts connected to Islamist terrorism. This conduct is against section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
On the 12th of June, the youngster was arrested by officers from Hampshire constabulary and was subsequently held under section 41 of the Terrorism Act by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) detectives.
CTPSE said it believed the incident was “isolated”, with no wider risk to the community.
A statement made by CTPSE stated: “We know that the community of Eastleigh might be concerned about this news, however, Hampshire constabulary have been working closely with colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing South East on this investigation and we want to reassure you that we believe the investigation is isolated, and with no known wider risk to the community.
“If you think you have seen something suspicious that may be linked to terrorist activity have the confidence to share those concerns.
“It may be unusual behaviour in a particular place or at a particular time of day – don’t rely on others. If you suspect it, report it by visiting www.gov.uk/ACT or by telephoning 0800 789 321.”
The name of the teenage boy was not disclosed for legal reasons.