13-year-old boy arrested for terrorism in London

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested for a terrorism offence, the Metropolitan Police have announced.

The boy was arrested at a west London address on Tuesday on suspicion of disseminating terrorist material. Since then he has been rescued.

The investigation relates to the alleged sharing of extreme Islamist material online.

Major Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command, said: “While it is still very rare for someone this young to be arrested for a terrorism offence, we have seen a worrying increase in the number of teenagers who are in recent times. lured into terrorism.

“This particular investigation is still ongoing, but more broadly, we work closely with a wide range of partners to try to protect and divert young and vulnerable people from extremism and terrorism.

“The public has an important role to play in this, and we urge anyone who thinks a friend or relative is being radicalized or drawn to terrorism to ‘ACT now.’ Please contact us so we can get that person the help they need.” needs”.

This is breaking news. More to follow.

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