A man from High Wycombe has been found guilty of terrorism offences.
On Wednesday 20th December 2017, at the Central Criminal Court, a 19 year old man of Totteridge Drive in High Wycombe was found guilty of twelve counts of transmission of a terrorism publication contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and one count of possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
The 19 year old man is due to be sentenced on Friday 26th January 2018 at the Central Criminal Court.
The 19 year old man sent several WhatsApp messages which glorified acts of terrorism between September and October in 2015. Upon his arrest in March 2016 he was found in possession of a publication likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
The 19 year old man was initially charged with the offences in December 2016 by detectives from Counter Terrorism Policing South East.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTP South East, said: ‘It is clear from the evidence that has been presented that [the 19 year old man] had displayed support for Islamist ideology and used WhatsApp to spread propaganda which clearly encourages others to commit terrorist acts.
Today’s conviction sends out a strong message that actions such as those carried out by [the 19 year old man] will not be tolerated and Counter Terrorism Policing, including officers and staff in the South East will continue to identify those responsible for sharing this kind of content, gather evidence and bring them before the courts, so that they may face justice. We will be relentless in our efforts to keep people safe.
If you have concerns about a loved one then you can seek help either through your local police by calling 101 or visit www.preventtragedies.co.uk for information on how to spot the signs and prevent vulnerable people being targeted.
We want to prevent potential tragedies and we need the support of communities in doing this.
If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999. Visit gov.uk/ACT for more information, including how to report extremist or terrorist content that you come across online.‘
Police are advising that terrorist or extremist material online can be reported at www.gov.uk/report-terrorism.