Update - Four People Charged With Terrorism Offences

Friday 14 May, 2021

Four people have been charged as part of an investigation into Right Wing Terrorism by Counter Terrorism Policing North East.

Following the arrest of five people on Saturday May 1 from addresses in West Yorkshire, North Wales and Wiltshire we can confirm that the following have been charged:

       A. Daniel Wright, 29, of Whinfield Avenue, Keighley, West Yorkshire, is charged with:

  • One offence of disseminating a terrorist publication that encourages terrorism contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006
  • One offence of possessing articles connected with an act of terrorism contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000
  • Three offences of possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a person committing an act of terrorism contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000
  • One offence of manufacturing a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) of the Firearms Act 1968
  • One offence of possession of a firearm contrary to S5 (1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968
  1. Liam Hall, 30, of Hill Top Walk, Keighley, West Yorkshire, is charged with:
  • One offence of possessing articles connected with an act of terrorism contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000
  • One offence of manufacturing a firearm contrary to Section 5(2A) of the Firearms Act 1968
  • One offence of possession of a firearm contrary to S5 (1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968
  1. Stacey Salmon, 28, of Hill Top Walk, Keighley, West Yorkshire, is charged with:
  • One offence of possessing articles connected with an act of terrorism contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000
  • One offence of possession a firearm contrary to Section 5(1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968

       E. Samuel Whibley, 28, of Derwen Deg, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey, is charged with:

  • Six offences of the encouragement of terrorism contrary to Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006
  • Two offences of disseminating a terrorist publication that encourages terrorism contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006

For full charge details please see below.

The 16 year old male from Swindon (D) was released from custody without charge on Friday May 7.

All four persons charged are due to appear via video link before Westminster Magistrates Court this morning (Friday May 14).

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East. He said: “We understand these arrests and police activity have caused considerable concern within our communities, in particular the impact of speculation around them and the ongoing enquiries across social media.

“Public safety remains our number one priority at all times. An extensive and thorough investigation has led to these four individuals being put before courts.

“We would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and support and continue to ask for the cooperation of the public in not speculating about the case to avoid any negative or prejudicial impact on the forthcoming court proceedings.

“Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting to police in confidence at gov.uk/ACT.

“Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them. Action Counters Terrorism. Remember, in an emergency, always dial 999.”

Full Charge Details:

Mr Wright, Mr Hall and Ms Salmon

Possession of the firearm:

On and before 1 May 2021, Daniel Liam Wright, Liam Joseph Hall and Stacey Louise Salmon had in their possession, without authority, a firearm which either has a barrel less than 30 centimetres in length or is less than 60 centimetres in length overall, other than an air weapon, a muzzle-loading gun or a firearm designed as signalling apparatus.  Contrary to section 5(1)(aba) Firearms Act 1968

 Manufacture of the firearm:

On or before 29 April 2021, Daniel Liam Wright and Liam Joseph Hall, without authority, manufactured a firearm which has a barrel less than 30 centimetres in length or is less than 60 centimetres in length overall, other than an air weapon, a muzzle-loading gun or a firearm designed as signalling apparatus.  Contrary to section 5(2A) Firearms Act 1968.

 Possession for terrorism purposes

On and before 1 May 2021, Daniel Liam Wright, Liam Joseph Hall and Stacey Louise Salmon, possessed a article, namely components of a 3D printed firearm, in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that their possession was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 57 Terrorism Act 2000.

 Mr Wright – Section 2

On 21 April 2021 Daniel Liam Wright transmitted electronically the content of a publication, with links to a folder of material, which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement to some or all of the persons to whom it may become available, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct would be the direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

 Mr Wright – Section 58

On and before 1 May 2021 Mr Wright collected or made three records of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Contrary to section 58 Terrorism Act 2000.

 Mr Whibley

On 5 January 2021 and 8 January 2021 Samuel James Whibley provided a service to others to enable them to obtain, read, listen to or look at terrorist publications, and at the time of doing so intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct was a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Contrary to section 2(1) and 2(2)(d) Terrorism Act 2006.

 On 21 January 2021 Samuel James Whibley published a statement which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement to some or all of the members of the public to whom it was published, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether members of the public would be so encouraged.  Contrary to section 1(2) Terrorism Act 2006.

 On 23 January 2021 Samuel James Whibley transmitted electronically the content of a publication which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement to some or all of the persons to whom it may become available, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct would be the direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

 On 25 February 2021 Samuel James Whibley transmitted electronically the content of a publication, which is likely to be useful in the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism and to be understood, by some or all of those persons to whom it is may become available wholly or mainly for the purpose of being so useful to them, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct was the provision of assistance in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

 On 18 March 2021 Samuel James Whibley transmitted electronically a video which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement, to some or all the persons to whom it is or may become available, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct was a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation or acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

 On 17 April 20221 Samuel James Whibley transmitted electronically the content of a publication, namely the instructions on how to make a 3D printed firearm, which is likely to be useful in the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism and to be understood, by some or all of those persons to whom it is may become available wholly or mainly for the purpose of being so useful to them, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether an effect of his conduct was the provision of assistance in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.  Contrary to section 2(1) Terrorism Act 2006.

 On 21 April 2021 Samuel James Whibley published a statement, with links to a folder of material, which is likely to be understood by a reasonable person as a direct or indirect encouragement to some or all of the members of the public to whom it was published, to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, and at the time of doing so he intended or was reckless as to whether members of the public would be so encouraged.  Contrary to section 1(2) Terrorism Act 2006.

The four defendants have appeared, via video link, before Westminster Magistrates this morning. They were all remanded in custody to next appear at the Central Criminal Court on May 28, 2021.

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Tuesday 4 May, 2021

A Message from Counter Terrorism Policing North East regarding the Keighley Arrests

We recognise that local people may have concerns as a result of the police activity in Keighley over the weekend.

The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence led and there is not believed to be any immediate risk to the local community.

The arrests form part of an ongoing investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East into to Right Wing Terrorism.

We are grateful for the continued understanding, patience and support of local residents while these enquiries continue.

We do not confirm the names or details of individuals arrested unless they are charged.

This is an ongoing investigation. Speculation of any kind is unhelpful and could have a negative impact on the investigation and any future prosecution(s).

We respectfully ask people not to comment or speculate about the arrested subjects or the investigation on social media or other platforms.

If you have any concerns, please speak to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team in the first instance.

Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting to police in confidence at gov.uk/ACT.

Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them. Action Counters Terrorism. Remember, in an emergency, always dial 999.

 


 

Monday, 3 May, 2021

Counter Terrorism Policing North East granted more time to question five suspects following arrests in Keighley, Swindon and Anglesey.

Counter Terrorism Policing North East can confirm it has been granted a warrant of further detention to continue questioning five people arrested on Saturday May 1.
Three men, a woman and a teenager were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Yesterday an extension was approved by the court, giving detectives until Saturday May 8 to hold and question the following individuals, if required:

(A)    A 29 year old man from Keighley 

(B)    A 30 year old man from Keighley 

(C)    A 28 year old woman from Keighley 

(D)    A 16 year old male from Swindon 

(E)    A 28 year old man was from Anglesey 


Searches continue at the address in Keighley at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

 


 

Saturday 1 May 2021

This is an update in connection with five arrests made by Counter Terrorism Policing North East this morning (Saturday May 1, 2021) in West Yorkshire, Wiltshire and North Wales.

Earlier today, searches at an address in Keighley were suspended to allow the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD) to attend. As a precautionary measure, a cordon was put in place and a number of local residents were evacuated to allow for the examination of suspicious material and the safe removal of any items requiring disposal.

These examinations have now concluded and residents are being allowed to return to their properties. We are grateful for their patience and understanding while these assessments were carried out and apologise for this unavoidable disruption.

Searches at residential properties in Swindon and Anglesey have now finished and the scenes closed.

The five individuals arrested this morning remain in custody at this time. Enquiries are ongoing.

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