Trial date set for teenager accused of terrorism offences

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An Essex teenager accused of a neo-Nazi-inspired terrorist plot involving printed firearms will face trial this summer.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested on the morning of December 29 last year and charged with six terrorism offences.

On Friday, the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey by video link from Feltham Young Offenders Institution.

The judge said that given the "gravity of the charges and the age of the defendant" the Recorder of London Judge Mark Lucraft QC would try the case at the Old Bailey on June 7 this year with a plea hearing on April 9.

It is alleged that the boy provided information for the manufacture, by 3D printer, of two firearms.

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He is accused of transferring funds to another person for the purchase of materials to manufacture the printed firearms, and of drawing up plans for a storage bunker.

He is also charged with engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, disseminating a terrorist publication and four counts of possessing material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The defendant, who will turn 18 before his trial, was remanded into custody.

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