14 year old boy from Eastleigh charged for ‘preparation of terrorist acts’

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Detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) have charged a 14 year old boy from Eastleigh with one count of preparation of terrorist acts, section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006 connected to Islamist terrorism.

The boy who cannot be named because of his age, was initially arrested by officers from Hampshire Constabulary on Friday 12th June and subsequently further arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act, by detectives from CTPSE.

He is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow (Thursday 18th June).

A statement from Hampshire Constabulary said:

‘We know that you might be concerned about this news, however we 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.’