'Far-right' British schoolboy, 15, arrested on suspicion of planning terror attack

A BRITISH schoolboy has been arrested on suspicion of planning a far-Right terror attack.

The 15-year-old was arrested by anti-terror cops on Friday as part of a "proactive operation".

He was held on suspicion of engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts.

The boy has since been bailed until a date in February, the Met's Counter Terrorism Command confirmed.

His home in South London was searched as part of the investigation.

A statement said: ""A 15-year-old boy was detained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act after being arrested on suspicion of engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts (contrary to Section 5 Terrorism Act 2006).

"Searches at the address have concluded. The boy was taken to a London police station and he has since been bailed to a date in February.

"There is not believed to be any imminent threat to the public in relation to this."

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"The ongoing investigation is suspected to be linked to extreme right wing ideology."

It comes as officials warned of a rise in young people are being drawn into right-wing extremism.

The surge has been blamed on youngsters spending more time online during the pandemic.

In the year to March 2021, 21 under-18s were arrested for terrorism offences with 71 per cent of these linked to extreme right-wing beliefs.

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