Teenage boy denies planning neo-Nazi terror attack using 3D printed guns

Boy, 17, accused allegedly tried to purchase materials and drew up plans for storage bunker

Lizzie Dearden
Security Correspondent
Friday 09 April 2021 13:48
<p>The teenager denied all offences at the Old Bailey on Friday </p>

The teenager denied all offences at the Old Bailey on Friday

A teenage boy has denied planning a neo-Nazi terror attack involving the use of 3D-printed guns.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of purchasing material to manufacture the firearms and drawing up plans for a storage bunker.

He has also been charged with disseminating terrorist publications through a channel on the encrypted Telegram app, and four counts of collecting information useful to a terrorist.

The boy appeared at London’s Old Bailey on Friday via video-link from Feltham Young Offenders Institution, wearing a white shirt, black tie and black jumper.

He pleaded not guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism between October and December last year, by drawing up plans for a storage bunker, gathering information on 3D printed firearms and transferring money for material to manufacture them.

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The teenager denied disseminating terrorist publications between November and December, through a Telegram channel that allegedly spread material that provided a “direct or indirect encouragement” for viewers to commit attacks.

He also pleaded not guilty to four counts of collecting information that would be useful to a terrorist, including firearm designs, weapons and military training manuals.

The defendant was arrested at his home in Essex on 29 December, in what police said was a “pre-planned, intelligence-led operation”.

The Recorder of London, Judge Mark Lucraft QC, remanded the boy in custody ahead of a trial starting at the Old Bailey on 7 June.