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Man Convicted of Terrorism Charges Following Extensive Online Activity

Jacob Graham, a 20-year-old from Norris Green in Liverpool, has been found guilty of multiple terrorism-related offenses after a trial at Manchester Crown Court. Graham’s conviction, announced on February 22, 2024, comes after an extensive investigation by Merseyside Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West.

The charges against Graham include the preparation of terrorist acts, dissemination of terrorist publications, and possession of material likely to be useful to a terrorist. The investigation into Graham’s activities commenced following his arrest on May 26, 2023, under the Terrorism Act 2000. Authorities executed a warrant at his residence in Merseyside as part of an inquiry into suspicious purchases of chemicals capable of being used in explosives.

During the investigation, officers uncovered a trove of extremist material on Graham’s media devices, including manuals and instructions for manufacturing firearms, ammunition, and explosives. Among the disturbing findings was a document authored by Graham titled ‘Freedom Encyclopaedia,’ containing detailed instructions on constructing weapons and explosives, along with tactics to evade law enforcement.

Prosecutors argued that Graham intended to assist others in carrying out acts of terrorism, motivated by a combination of anti-government sentiments and ecological concerns. The court heard evidence that Graham shared instructional documents on bomb-making and even a homemade submachine gun with online contacts, demonstrating reckless disregard for the potential consequences of his actions.

While Graham was acquitted of one charge related to personally engaging in preparation for acts of terrorism, evidence presented during the trial revealed his detailed plans for a bombing campaign aimed at causing mass casualties.

Superintendent Andy Meeks of Counter Terrorism Policing North West emphasized the significance of Graham’s case in highlighting the dangers of online extremism. Meeks underscored the proactive efforts of law enforcement in identifying and addressing extremist activities, urging the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior.

Graham has been remanded into custody pending sentencing, scheduled for March 18. His conviction serves as a stark reminder of the serious repercussions individuals face for engaging in terrorist-related activities, particularly in the digital realm where online radicalization poses an increasing threat to public safety.

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