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Anzac Day Plot To Murder Australian Cops Admitted By Blackburn Teen Thought To Be UK's 'Youngest Terrorist'

23/07/2015 11:14 BST | Updated 23/07/2015 12:00 BST

A teenage boy from Blackburn has admitted inciting terrorism by encouraging the murder of police officers at an Anzac Day parade in Australia.

The 15-year-old, who can not be named for legal reasons, was thought to be the youngest person charged with Islamist-related terror offences in the UK.

According to the BBC he pled guilty to the charge via video link from Manchester Crown Court on Thursday.

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A 15-year-old from Blackburn has admitted inciting terrorism by encouraging the murder of a police officer at an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne, seen above

According to the charge, the broadcaster reported, the boy incited a person to commit an act of terrorism, wholly or partly outside the UK, namely the murder of police officers during an attack on the annual remembrance parade in Melborne.

A second charge against the teenager of inciting terrorism overseas, which related to him supposedly encouraging a beheading in Australia was reportedly dropped. No attack ever took place.

Anzac Day is an annual commemoration honouring the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps' First World War battle in Gallipoli and takes place on April 25.

The teenagers arrest in April came shortly after police in Melbourne swooped on a number of men who were believed to be plotting a terrorist attack.

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Anzac Day is an annual commemoration honouring the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps' First World War battle in Gallipoli and takes place on April 25

Between March 15 and 26 the teenager was said to have incited another person to commit an act of terrorism, "namely to carry out an attack at an Anzac parade in Australia with the aim of killing and/or causing serious injury to people”, the Mirror reported in April.

The newspaper reported that he also encouraged an 18-year-old to target police at an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne and that on March 18 he had incited the man to behead a member of the public in Australia.

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