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Neo-Nazi, 17, ‘wanted gun to kick-start a race war’

- By Claire Duf­fin

A TEENAGER ob­sessed with the ‘twisted ide­ol­ogy’ of Nazis and white su­prem­a­cists re­searched how to con­vert im­i­ta­tion firearms into live weapons in prepa­ra­tion for a ter­ror at­tack, a court heard.

The boy, now 17 – who can­not be named – considered ex­trem­ists who car­ried out mass shoot­ings to be ‘saints’, ju­rors were told. He is said to have been a mem­ber of the neo-Nazi or­gan­i­sa­tion the Feuerkrieg Divi­sion and to have used ex­treme Rightwing on­line fo­rums to share in­for­ma­tion on weapon-mak­ing.

Matthew Brook, pros­e­cut­ing, said the teenager, from Rugby, War­wick­shire, had an in­ter­est in mass shoot­ings and planned to buy a blank fir­ing gun and con­vert it for live am­mu­ni­tion to pro­voke an im­pend­ing ‘race war’.

The trial was opened at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court yester

‘He had be­come fully rad­i­calised’

day. Mr Brook said the boy had be­come rad­i­calised so he ‘fully be­lieved in ex­treme Right-wing ide­ol­ogy, the twisted ide­ol­ogy of Nazis and white supremacy’.

‘He came to be­lieve an ide­ol­ogy which thinks a race war is com­ing, an ide­ol­ogy which be­lieves its fol­low­ers should bring about a race war, should ac­cel­er­ate its start, so that the white race can be­come supreme,’ he added.

The teenager was said to have had a copy of a doc­u­ment called the Great Re­place­ment, writ­ten by Bren­ton Tar­rant be­fore he shot dead 51 Mus­lims at two mosques in Christchur­ch, New Zealand in March lsat year.

The boy has pleaded not guilty to prepa­ra­tion of ter­ror­ist acts be­tween April and Septem­ber 2019. The trial, which is ex­pected to last six weeks, con­tin­ues.

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