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Youth charged over terror hotline hoax calls

A teenager has been charged by police investigating hoax calls to a Scotland Yard counter-terrorism hotline.

The 17-year-old male, from Birmingham, appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He was charged with conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and an offence under the Computer Misuse Act, and was remanded on conditional bail until May.

A 16-year-old boy, who had also been arrested, was bailed on Friday pending further inquiries.

A court official said Westminster Magistrates' Court had been hosting Hammersmith Youth Court and the 17-year-old would next appear at that youth court on 25 May.

The Metropolitan Police said officers arrested both teenagers in the West Midlands on Thursday.

Scotland Yard's Central e-Crime Unit has said it is aware hoaxers made calls to the hotline and recorded their conversations with staff.

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