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Australian terror plot trial date set for Blackburn boy, 14

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer patrols in front of Parliament House in Canberra (23 September 2014) Image copyright EPA
Image caption The boy was arrested in connection with an alleged terror plot in Australia

A 14-year-old boy from the UK accused of planning an attack on an Anzac Day parade in Australia has had his trial fast-tracked to start in August.

The boy from Blackburn was arrested in connection with an alleged plan to stage a beheading at a Melbourne event remembering Australia war dead.

His trial is now set to start on 17 August at Manchester Crown Court.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of two offences of inciting terrorism overseas.

He is being held in youth custody and did not attend a preliminary hearing at London's Old Bailey.

Mr Justice Saunders said a plea and case management hearing will take place on 26 June when the boy will enter his pleas via video link.

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