Second teenager faces terror charges after arrests in town

A YOUTH aged 17 has been charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act 2000, police have said.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at an address in the Dewsbury area earlier this week.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London this morning.

West Yorkshire Police said the first charge relates to the possession of material for terrorist

purposes and the second to the collection or possession of information useful in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

The 17-year-old was questioned by officers from West Yorkshire's Counter Terrorism Unit after being arrested under the Act at his home in the Ravensthorpe area of Dewsbury at 7.40am on Monday.

Only three weeks earlier another 17-year-old was arrested in the same neighbourhood.

Officers working on this week's arrest are understood to have seized computer equipment and other items from the youth's home, and were last night carrying out detailed forensic tests.

It is not thought any hazardous substances were found at the house, but neighbourhood policing team officers were working in the area to reassure local people.

The community had been rocked after the arrest and charging of the other 17-year-old on September 12.

A court in London was told two weeks ago that the schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have had chemicals used for making bombs under his bed. He is accused of plotting to make bombs following a trip to Pakistan and to have had a copy of the Anarchists Cookbook on his computer.

During an anti-terror raid on his home about 500g of potassium nitrate was allegedly found under his bed in the room he shared with his younger brother. Potassium nitrate is a critical oxidising component of gunpowder.

Prosecutors said the Anarchists Cookbook included 17 references to potassium nitrate in its "Improvised Explosives" section which contained "clear instructions on how to make explosives".

He too is charged with possess-ion of material for terrorism purposes and with collection or possession of information useful in the preparation of an act of terrorism. The case was adjourned.