A POLICE detective has expressed his concern over the involvement of children and young adults in expressing extreme ideologies in Buckinghamshire.

Detective Chief Superintendent Olly Wright, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, noted they often show a genuine interest in carrying out targeted terrorism attacks.

His comments come after the sentencing of a 15-year-old Buckinghamshire boy, motivated by anti-Semitism, who identified an attack target and made a crude weapon.

The teenage boy from Princes Risborough has been sentenced to a two year Youth Rehabilitation Order following a trial at Wycombe Youth Court today (December 20).

DCS Wright said: "Unfortunately, this case is an example of the concerning theme we have seen of children and young people, often with their own wider vulnerabilities, being drawn through the internet into extreme ideologies.

“Whilst we in the Counter Terrorism Policing network work really hard with other agencies to divert young people away from extremism, this boy had gone as far as showing a real interest in carrying out an attack.

“Fortunately, due to the efforts of our team, officers were able to intervene before he could progress to carry out any attack.

The police detective also highlighted the vital role of reports from the public in thwarting potential attacks.

He said: “The case really demonstrates the importance of making a report to police if you think someone you know is being, or is at risk, of being drawn into terrorism. If you have any concerns, please do trust your instincts and get in touch quickly.

“Your report really could save lives, as well as helping the person you’re concerned about before it becomes too late.

He reminded the public to act swiftly if they have any concerns about a potential terrorist threat, directing them to make a report confidentially online at gov.uk/ACT or in an emergency to call 999.