South East Wales

Rhondda Cynon Taff teenager in court on terror charge

Westminster Magistrates' Court
Image caption The teenager, who cannot be identified because of his age, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court

A 17-year-old boy has appeared in court accused of planning a terror attack in Cardiff.

The teenager, from Rhondda Cynon Taff, has been charged with obtaining a knife and hammer and preparing a suicide note for an attack on 30 June.

He has also been charged with posting an image and comment on Instagram to encourage others to commit acts of terror.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court, sitting as a youth court.

Wearing a dark jumper and light grey trousers, he stood to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

He folded his arms and at one point appeared to wipe his eye.

The teenager was arrested on 30 June by officers from Wales Extremism Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) working jointly with West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and MI5.

Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot, the chief magistrate, remanded him to youth detention accommodation.

He will appear at the Old Bailey on 20 July.