Terrorism collection man Niall Florence avoids jail

A 21-year-old Burnley man has received a suspended jail sentence for collecting and distributing information which could be useful in terrorism.

Niall Florence, of St Cuthbert Street, had previously pleaded guilty to five offences of collecting documents, including the Al Qaeda Manual.

He had also pleaded guilty to distributing two editions of the Anarchist's Cookbook.

Each count received 18 months suspended for two years at the Old Bailey.

The offences were said to have occurred between February and August 2011.

The defendant was also given an 18-month supervision requirement and was ordered to forfeit his computer for destruction.

No mitigating details of the case were entered as the judge, Mr Justice Fulford, said he was satisfied with the pre-sentence report he had seen.

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