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Loner, 19, who downloaded encrypted bomb-making manuals jailed for 30 months on terror charge

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A teenage loner with a “far-right mentality” who downloaded encrypted bomb-making manuals and attended a Tommy Robinson demonstration wearing a skull mask has been held for 30 months on terror charges.

Mason Yates, 19, of Widnes, Cheshire, who described himself as a “literal Nazi,” had access to two documents from an electronic library shared by a chat group on the encrypted Telegram application.

Manchester Crown Court heard the two documents, 100 Deadly Skills and the White Resistance Manual, with instructions on how to prepare fireballs and explosives.

Mason Yates, 19, of Widnes, Cheshire, had access to two documents from an electronic library shared by a chat group on the encrypted Telegram application

Yates was a student in his hometown at the time of the offenses between November 2020 and January last year.

Conviction, Judge Alan Conrad QC told him: “For several years you have had a far-right mentality that expresses hatred towards a number of minorities, religious, ethnic and other groups.

Your posts have supported those who have committed atrocities in the name of such a twisted ideology.

“You were part of a group that exchanged views. Those disturbing expressions of opinion were shared with like-minded people via an encrypted platform. It’s very dangerous to do. It serves to encourage others and it only takes one person to pick it up to cause disaster.”

Judge Conrad concluded that Yates maintains his extremist thinking despite the defendant’s claims that his views have since been “watered down.”

He noted that in January this year Yates attended a rally — where far-right activist Tommy Robinson performed — in Telford wearing a skull mask, just two months after he was charged with the terrorist offences.

Yates also restored the White Resistance Manual to his phone within hours of police returning the device to him after his arrest and after they erased all of its records, the court heard.

The judge said: ‘In my opinion, that resistance is a serious aggravating factor.’

Yates had been referred to the government’s counter-terror program Prevent at the age of 13 and 16, but did not participate in the initiative, the court heard.

A social worker had turned him in after a class discussion at the university in which he was heard saying: ‘I don’t just have a problem with Muslims, it is all of Islam’, ‘I am not radicalized, I would be the one who radicalises. other people” and “I’m as far-right as you can be,” the court heard.

The White Resistance Manual

100 deadly skills

Manchester Crown Court heard the two documents, 100 Deadly Skills and the White Resistance Manual, including instructions for preparing fireballs and explosives

Nicola Gatto, defensively, said her client was not suggesting that he had completely abandoned his views.

She said: ‘It is progressing that he is no longer so immersed in that world and has other interests. He now has a full-time job as a scaffold builder and is in a relationship.’

Yates had no friends at school and was bullied, she said. He lost his mother when he was 14 years old and was isolated within his own family, the court was told.

Miss Gatto continued: ‘He has spent a long time alone and has been exposed to very disturbing opinions that are freely available on the Internet. That exposure could have taken care of him. Part of this crime took place during the pandemic when he was even more isolated.

“He is able to change and he is able to deradicalize.”

The defendant disputed that the Telford event was a gathering, describing it as a public showing of a documentary about “Muslim gangs,” Ms Gatto said.

Sentencing, Judge Alan Conrad QC said: “For several years you have had a far-right mentality and express your hatred towards a number of minorities, religious, ethnic and other groups. Messages from you have endorsed those who have committed atrocities in the name of such twisted ideology.

“Your views are abhorrent to all right-thinking people. You hate all kinds of people who have done you no harm and who pose no threat to you.

“What has been seen of you tends to be isolation and an inability or unwillingness to associate and relate to others, and, as I have found in treating some of these cases, is a common feature of young men who – in their own homes – communicate with like-minded people to express their toxic ideology and are treading very dangerous waters on the internet and through social media, acquiring extreme pornography and texts useful to those interested in terrorism.”

Yates, of Elstree Court, was given concurrent sentences of 30 months in prison in a juvenile delinquent institution for the two terrorist offences.

He was jailed for another month for possessing an extremely pornographic image on his phone, namely a video of a man having intercourse with a dog.

Yates pleaded guilty to all three offenses at a previous hearing.

After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Clare Devlin of Counter Terrorism Policing North West said: “This was a thorough and comprehensive investigation which resulted in Yates being sentenced to 30 months in prison.

“Today’s sentencing reaffirms our commitment to ensure that those who pose a risk to our society are prosecuted and prosecuted. Extremists using this kind of ideology can create fear and mistrust in our communities and the CTPNW is committed to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice.

Reports of this nature are always taken seriously and we encourage anyone concerned about people expressing extremist views to call the UK Anti-Terrorism Hotline in confidence on 0800 789 321, or alternatively the secure online form at Gov .uk/ to use. TO TRADE.’

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