Teenage neo-Nazi jailed for six years for planning terror at venues ‘worth attacking’ in his home city

The cover and an excerpt taken from a teenage neo-Nazi's 'manifesto' shown to a jury at Manchester Crown Court (PA)
The cover and an excerpt taken from a teenage neo-Nazi's 'manifesto' shown to a jury at Manchester Crown Court (PA)

A teenage neo-Nazi who listed venues in his home city as "worth attacking" has been jailed for more than six years for preparing to commit terrorist acts.

The 17-year-old boy drafted his own manifesto entitled A Manual For Practical And Sensible Guerrilla Warfare Against The Kike System In The Durham City Area, Sieg Heil.

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He was sentenced on Tuesday at Manchester Crown Court, where he was given a prison sentence of six years and eight months.

A sketch drawn by a 16-year-old which was shown to a jury at Manchester Crown Court (PA)
A sketch drawn by a 16-year-old which was shown to a jury at Manchester Crown Court (PA)

Targets in Durham such as schools, pubs, council buildings and post offices were identified in the first chapter, Areas To Attack, to "maximise the impact of the attacks and damage the system the most".

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The youngster, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also wrote of planning to conduct an arson spree with Molotov cocktails on local synagogues.

Various handwritten documents were seized from his bedroom in March last year by police who also found a collection of far-right literature.

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

A handwritten note from a teenage neo-Nazi which includes an instruction to 'shed empathy' (PA)
A handwritten note from a teenage neo-Nazi which includes an instruction to 'shed empathy' (PA)

After a six-week trial ending last November, a jury found him guilty of preparation of terrorist acts between October 2017 and March last year.

The youth was also unanimously found guilty 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 defendant said he had no intention of carrying out any attacks and claimed he adopted a fake right-wing persona for "shock value".

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