Daily Mail

Police worker in terror guilty plea


A Police detention officer is facing jail after yesterday admitting publishing images showing his support for a banned Northern irish paramilita­ry group.

William lloyd-Hughes posted an image on Twitter of two flags linked to the loyalist Ulster Defence Associatio­n last August. The 26-year-old, from Huddersfie­ld, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to a terror offence and a count of sharing grossly offensive messages.

Two charges of sending grossly offensive messages on Twitter were withdrawn by prosecutor­s following his guilty pleas.

The UDA and its armed wing, the Ulster Freedom Fighters, are responsibl­e for many killings. The group was proscribed in 1992 and membership became illegal. Supporting a proscribed group can mean up to 14 years in prison.

lloyd-Hughes, who was based at Huddersfie­ld police station as a civilian member of staff, told the court he was on a ‘plethora of medication’ because he suffers from cystic fibrosis. lloyd-Hughes, who has been suspended from his job, was released on unconditio­nal bail and will be sentenced on April 19.

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