Wigan student with suicide vest instructions is jailed for terror crimes

A Wigan student who was found with instructions on how to make explosives and construct a suicide vest has been jailed for terrorism offences.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 12:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 8:37 am
Liam Fenn

Liam Fenn, 21, from Ince, was jailed on Tuesday at Manchester Crown Court for four years and eight months after pleading guilty to eight counts of possession of documents or records likely to be useful to a person preparing, or committing, an act of terrorism (section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000) and one count of encouraging acts of terrorism (section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006).

Fenn was arrested by officers on January 29 this year when a number of electronic devices, clothing and notebooks were seized.

Among the items seized, officers found that Fenn had accessed step-by-step guides on how to make explosives and construct suicide vests and more details on vehicles to use in attacks. He had also uploaded Islamic State propaganda on to a website and handwritten lists of military-style equipment.

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The 21-year-old was also found to have saved graphic videos of beheadings and individual pages outlining details on how to carry out lone attacks.

All of the offences took place between March 2018 and July 2019.

In police interview, Fenn declined to comment.

Det Supt Will Chatterton, Head of Investigations at Counter Terrorism Police North West, said: "Though Fenn refused to comment throughout all of his interviews with us, the evidence we found was overwhelming and has led to him being jailed. I hope that this shows our absolute determination to keep people safe.

"Terrorist propaganda can be used as a tool in the radicalisation of others, it's a real and serious threat which we remain committed to tackling.

"We are committed to bringing anyone to justice who could pose a risk to the safety of our country - whatever form of extremism they are involved in."

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