Manchester

Boy, 16, pleads guilty over Tameside biological toxin

A 16-year-old boy from Greater Manchester has pleaded guilty to attempting to buy the biological toxin, abrin.

He was charged with trying to obtain 10mg of abrin under the Biological Weapons Act 1974 and Criminal Attempts Act 1981.

Police carried out raids in the Mossley area of Tameside on 16 February.

In an earlier hearing, Tameside Magistrates' Court heard 0.05mg of abrin was enough to kill a human.

It is said to be 30 times more toxic than ricin.

The teenager, who cannot be named, will be sentenced at Manchester Youth Court on 20 April.

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