Teen Neo-Nazis spared jail despite wanting to ‘bomb London because it wasn’t English’
The boys - who cannot be named for legal reasons - also posted videos of the Christchurch terror attack and downloaded IRA guides.
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Two teenage Neo-Nazis who wanted to “bomb London because it wasn’t English” were spared jail today.
The boys, both 16, shared right-wing propaganda and explosive-making manuals online.
They also posted videos of the Christchurch terror attack and downloaded IRA guides, which included instructions on how to make explosives and IEDs.
Both boys admitted their role in posting copies of books called The White Resistance Manual and Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000 on social media.
They posted the material in a public channel on Telegram called The British Hand, which was a white nationalist group that encouraged violence against ethnic minorities, the Jewish population and gay people.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard previously that the teenagers went down a “twisted rabbit hole” in the first lockdown when they spent a “concerning” long time online being radicalised by other young extremists.
The first boy, referred to in court as A, was originally from Derbyshire but was living in Swansea,.
He set up and called himself the “Commander” of The British Hand and shared a publication called the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000.
The schoolboy, who had been remanded in detention for breaking bail, also openly made videos of himself brandishing knives and using racist slurs.
He admitted one count of disseminating a terrorist publication that encouraged or helped others in acts of terrorism and one of possessing a document likely to be used by someone committing terrorism.
The second boy, referred to as B, and from Kent, posted an electronic link that enabled others to read the White Resistance Manual, a banned terror document and downloaded videos of mass shootings that occurred at mosques in a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
He also used several racist slurs in the social media channel.
The court heard that while B was of previous good character and had not reoffended while on bail, A had a long history of offending.
In 2019, he had used Snapchat and was responsible for a bomb hoax in which he sent pictures of bombs and guns to another pupil.
Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring said: “In January 2020, he telephoned the West London Islamic Centre, asked when prayer times were, and said ‘because I would like to park my bacon wagon now f**k off you f***ing terrorists’.
“He also made six other calls to mosques and to the West London Sharia Council.
“The District Judge that heard that case noted a concerning pattern of behaviour.”
The chief magistrate said he had been determined to make a custodial order in relation to Boy A up until 11pm the previous evening.
He said: “Many factors give rise to genuine concerns about you. Your antecedent history, the continuing offending, and more worrying to me your entrenched views shown by the post-charge video and the video played at the sentencing hearing.
“You have not been in trouble since the video although you have largely been in custody since then. I must also keep in mind your age, your vulnerability - particularly your autism - and that you are remorseful and will not re-offend.
“I make it clear if you hadn’t been in custody for what would have been an 18 to 20 month equivalent sentence then I would be sentencing you today to a 24 months detention and training order concurrent on each charge.
“But given the time already served and the risk of losing the possibility of rehabilitation and loss to education, a short sentence of six months is counterproductive. It would be purely punitive.
“I cannot emphasise enough how close you came to another period of custody.
“Until last night, I was going to do so. I changed my mind at 11pm last night.
“But if you breach the order in the next two years, then all bets are off and you face a certainty of a short but nonetheless an immediate custodial term.”
In relation to Boy B, Mr Goldspring said: “With the right supervision you are unlikely to repeat your behaviour.
“You have a bright future. I have seen your GCSE results. But even if you weren’t bright, I would not be treating you differently.
“What is important is that I am concerned about the interruption to your education.
“There’s no evidence that you encouraged people to read the terrorist materials and in the group you played a subordinate role to A.
“A custodial term would not only undo the rehabilitative steps that have already been completed but do irreparable damage to your future.”
Boy A was handed a 24-month youth referral order which will include a supervision requirement, program requirement, as well as intensive surveillance. He was also given a criminal behavioural order that will last for three years.
Boy B was sentenced to a 12-month intensive referral order. Both boys must pay £107 each in costs.
The chief magistrate also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of three phones, a computer tower and a swastika armband.
The sentencing comes before the self-proclaimed “boss” of the terror group, 18-year-old Matthew Cronjager, was convicted by a jury this month.
The Old Bailey heard he wanted to shoot an Asian friend over boasts he slept with “white chicks”, called him a “sand n*****r” and likened him to a cockroach.
He was remanded in custody before he is sentenced in October.