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Durham neo-Nazi, 16, found guilty of planning terror attacks

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A 16-year-old neo-Nazi from Durham, who admired Hitler and wrote about an "inevitable race war", has been convicted of preparing to commit terrorist acts.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by a jury of planning acts between October 2017 and March of this year.

Image: An excerpt taken from the teenager's 'manifesto'

He was also unanimously convicted of disseminating a terrorist publication, possessing an article for a purpose connected with terrorism, and three counts of possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

The youngster drafted his own "guerrilla warfare" manual, which listed locations in his home city that were "worth attacking", Manchester Crown Court heard.

Targets included schools, pubs, council buildings and post offices, to "maximise the impact of the attacks and damage the system the most".

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In journals, the youngster revealed he did not like school or where he lived, claiming "the people are loathable, the sights forgettable and the police laughable".

He also spoke disparagingly of Durham having a Jewish MP and wrote about planning to conduct an arson spree with Molotov cocktails – or petrol bombs – on local synagogues.

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In March, various handwritten documents were seized from his bedroom by police who also found a collection of far-right literature.

Analysis of his computer and mobile phone records found numerous internet searches on firearms, explosives and knives.

An excerpt taken from the boy's 'manifesto' which was shown to a jury at Manchester Crown Court
Image: The unnamed boy said he never intended to carry out any attacks

He repeatedly looked for and visited websites related to "lone wolf" attacks by the likes of Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh, the Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik and Columbine High School gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Anders Breivik gives a Nazi salute at the start of the court hearing
Image: The teenager bought the manifesto of Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik

He also bought the manifestos of Breivik and another terrorist, Ted Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber – and in diary entries wrote about how "brave" Adolf Hitler was.

When mentioning Moors murderer Ian Brady, he wrote "how wonderful it is to be an amoral individual" – and he also praised murderous cult leader Charles Manson.

A handwritten note by the 16-year-old quoting murderous cult leader Charles Manson
Image: A handwritten note by the 16-year-old quoting murderous cult leader Charles Manson

In August 2018, the teenager wrote a "things-to-do" list – which included the instruction "shed empathy" – and referenced a shooting at a video gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, where two people were killed.

Alongside the list was a quote from Manson, saying: "When I stand on the mountain and say do it, it gets done. If it don't get done then I'll move on it and that's the last thing in the world you want me to do".

In December 2018, the unnamed boy is claimed to have joined an extreme right-wing website forum, said to be an online meeting ground for fascists who wrote about "direct actions".

On the first day he accessed it, he downloaded a manual which contained a viable recipe for the highly explosive chemical ammonium nitrate – and later he posted a publication which contained instructions on how to make homemade firearms, ammunitionRead More – Source