Bradford Teenager Convicted of Explosives Offences

A 17 year old male from Bradford has today (Friday, January 27) been found guilty of explosives offences following a two week trial at Leeds Crown Court.

He was arrested by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in July 2016 after reports were made to police regarding concerning images posted on Snapchat. One post showed a crude, home-made device, accompanied by the words ‘Incendiary explosive and home-made black powder. More to come’.

The 17 year old, who can not be named for legal reasons, was convicted of Making or possessing explosives under suspicious circumstances. He was found not guilty of Engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

Head of Investigations at the North East CTU, Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, said:

“The fact that this individual had constructed a viable device, capable of causing injury or harm, is extremely concerning. To make and possess such a device is dangerous and constitutes a serious criminal offence.

“The defendant admitted during interview that the images he sent on Snapchat were intended to frighten people and they did just that, resulting in a report to police.

“As with any potential threat to public safety, this report was taken extremely seriously, resulting in a swift response and thorough investigation by officers.


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