Teen terror suspect accused of possessing bomb-making books and explosive substances to appear in court this month

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A 16-year-old Northamptonshire boy charged with explosives and terrorism offences after he was found with books on how to make improvised bombs will appear in court next month.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not attend a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London yesterday but he is due to appear on March 11 at Birmingham Youth Court.

The boy, who was arrested at his home in Northamptonshire in February last year, is charged with possessing explosive substances, namely sulphur powder and potassium nitrate, and numerous books and manuals including The Terrorist Handbook, CIA Explosives For Sabotage Manual and The Anarchist Cookbook, along with a book on how to make Semtex.

Since his arrest he has been detained under the Mental Health Act in secure accommodation in the West Midlands area, Northamptonshire Police said previously.

He is also charged with possessing a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism between October 1 2011 and February 26 2012, contrary to Section 58(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

These include books and manuals including The Terrorist Handbook; The Black Book Companion: State-Of-The-Art Improvised Munitions; CIA Explosives For Sabotage Manual; Home-made C4 - A Recipe For Survival; Home-made Semtex; Improved Landmines - Their Employment And Destructive Capabilities; An Anarchist Cookbook - Recipes For Disaster; and Zips Pipes and Pens - Arsenal Of Improvised Weapons.