A teenage neo-Nazi from Durham who planned to torch local synagogues using Molotov cocktails has been jailed for more than six years.
The 17-year old youth was sentenced this week after being found guilty of drawing up a terrorist hit-list including schools and council buildings, and of researching weapons such as knives, guns and explosives.
Jurors at Manchester Crown Court had earlier heard how the young extremist had accessed a vast collection of far-right literature before officers seized his phone and computer equipment in March last year, during his arrest.
Synagogues were listed under an ‘Areas to Attack’ section in his own “manifesto”.
In court he said he had no intention of carrying out any attacks, arguing that his far-right persona was for “shock value” only, but the jury didn’t believe him.
He was found guilty of preparation of terrorist acts between October 2017 and March 2019, 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. He was sentenced to six years and eight months.
Mark Gardner, Director of Communications at the Community Security Trust said: “This is yet another example of possible terrorism from British neo-Nazis. It is important that our community realises the scale of the threat that is now posed by such people.”