He also tried to use a 3D printer to make parts of a firearm
A Derbyshire teenager who uploaded extreme right-wing videos to the internet has been convicted of terrorism offences. Police said Daniel Harris, 19, expressed “toxic rhetoric” in the online material and that he tried to use a 3D printer to make gun parts.
Harris was arrested earlier this year following an investigation by specialist officers from the Counter Terror Policing East Midlands team. Today (Wednesday, November 30), following a trial at Manchester Crown Court, Harris, of Lord Street in Glossop, was found guilty of six offences.
The jury found him guilty of five counts of encouraging terrorism, relating to his creation and uploading of material to the internet between February 2021 and March 2022. They also found him guilty of one count of possession of material for terrorist purposes – this related to the possession of a 3D printer, which he had tried to use to make parts of a firearm.
He was found not guilty of a single count of encouraging terrorism. Harris was remanded in custody until January 16, when he is due to be sentenced at the same court.
Detective Inspector Chris Brett said: “Due to his age and previous offending, we initially attempted to engage with Harris through the Prevent programme, but it soon became clear he was pretending to be deradicalized whilst encouraging terrorism online. The threat he caused meant we had to act in order to ensure the safety of the wider public.
“I’d like to thank our team of dedicated and skilled colleagues involved in this complex investigation into an individual who, in the videos that he produced, clearly demonstrated a distain for law enforcement and public order, as well as an admiration for those who had committed atrocities in terrorist attacks overseas. By posting these videos online, Harris’ toxic rhetoric could have had untold influence on countless people across the world.
“Such actions will not be tolerated. In a search of Harris’ house, the rather chilling discovery of attempts to make component parts of a firearm printed from his 3D printer, showed a clear intent to create a deadly weapon.”