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
@lizziedearden
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.