Boy, 14, charged with terror bid may be tried as adult

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy charged with inciting an alleged plot to carry out a beheading and attack an Anzac Day parade in Australia may be tried as an adult.

"We have today authorised charges for a 14-year-old male of two offences of inciting terrorism overseas," Deborah Walsh, deputy head of counter terrorism at the UK's Crown Prosecution Service, said in a statement.

Prosecutors referred to a "terrorism plot".

They said the boy had incited someone "to carry out an attack at an Anzac parade in Australia with the aim of killing and/or causing serious injury to people".

"The second allegation is that on 18 March 2015, the defendant incited another person to behead someone in Australia," Ms Walsh said.

The defendant will appear in court today.

The boy, from Blackburn in north-west England, is the youngest British person to be charged with terrorism offences.

Police said he may be tried in an adult court because of the seriousness of the offences.

He was arrested on Monday after Australian police arrested five men in counter-terrorism raids in Melbourne on Saturday.

It is understood British and Australian police worked together after communications between alleged terrorists in the two countries was uncovered.

Two of the teenagers arrested in Melbourne have been charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist act while another faces weapons offences.

The others have been released pending further enquiries.

Unprecedented levels of security will be in place at Melbourne's Anzac Day dawn service as well as services throughout Australia.


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