Prosecutors have dropped terror charges against a schoolgirl accused of far-right extremism.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified because of her age, was allegedly caught with a bomb-making video and instructions on how to build a homemade gun using a 3D printer.
She was facing trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the case had been dropped at the end of last year.
“In light of developments the CPS further reviewed the case and concluded that it no longer met our legal test for prosecution and it was discontinued,” a spokesman said.
The girl, from Derbyshire, was referred to the Government’s Prevent deradicalisation programme by her mother, who said she had developed an admiration for Adolf Hitler.
She was also said to be a Holocaust denier who had downloaded instructions on how to construct a pipe bomb and referenced a desire to blow up a synagogue and slash people’s throats.
The teenager denied five counts of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism on dates in August and September 2020.
The charges related to a bomb-making video as well as digital documents named Improvised Munitions Handbook, Expedient Homemade Firearms, Kitchen Improvised Fertiliser Explosives and Making Plastic Explosives From Bleach.
She also denied possessing an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that it was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism on August 22 2020.
The article was a zip file alleged to contain instructions on how to make a homemade firearm using a 3D printer.
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.