Neo-Nazi terror plot teen named and jailed - The Rugby Observer

Neo-Nazi terror plot teen named and jailed

Rugby Editorial 9th Nov, 2020   0

A TEENAGER from Warwickshire with extreme right-wing views who offered to build weapons for individuals online has been jailed for terrorism offences.

Paul Dunleavy – who police are now able to name – was sentenced to five and a half years for collecting terrorism information and the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism.

The 17-year-old from Rugby admitted nine counts of collecting terrorism information under section 58 of the Terrorism Act and last month a jury found him guilty of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism under section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

During the trial, the court heard how he had become a member of the online extreme right wing group Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) in July 2019.

He started several virtual conversations where he expressed his extreme views and indicated he was planning or had already converted a blank firing weapon into a viable firearm.

When Warwickshire Police detectives seized his phone they found over 90 documents on firearms, explosives and military tactics, online material with an extreme right wing rhetoric, and the online conversations.

Eleven clips of the New Zealand attacks in Christchurch mosques in March 2019 were also found on his phone, together with the shooting in El Paso, Texas in August 2019, the attacks at the Dayton and Garlic festival, and the Anders Breivik attack in Norway.

A search of the teen’s bedroom – who declared his heroes as Adolf Hitler and American neo-Nazi James Mason – revealed several knives, air rifles, face coverings, camouflage face paint, shotgun cartridges and bullet casings, numerous tools and camping equipment as well as two makeshift cardboard targets.

A notebook was also seized containing swastikas, details of lone wolf attacks, and a mocked-up logo representing an extreme right group he wanted to form.

Det Ch Supt Kenny Bell, the head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “This boy had an unhealthy interest in other attacks across the world and he knew exactly what online platforms to join to share his extreme views.

“He believed he had the skills to convert a blank firing weapon into a viable firearm and was willing to help others with his abilities.”

DCS Bell highlighted the commitment by counter terrorism policing to tackle all forms of extremist ideology.

“We have seen many convictions over the last few years in connection with extreme right wing terrorism and this work continues apace. These extreme groups have the potential to threaten public safety and security.

“We work tirelessly to counter terrorism. Our absolute priority is to ensure the safety and security of the people who live, work and visit the West Midlands area.”

Visit to report suspected terrorism activity. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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