Unmasked: Schoolboy, 15, who plotted to carry out and record on video Brenton Tarrant copycat attack on Keighley mosque disguised as an armed police officer
- Joe Metcalfe ‘idolised’ terrorists and stole his dad’s car to plan mosque attack
- Schoolboy researched how to carry out mass shootings
- He was jailed for 10 years today at Leeds Crown Court
A teenage terror fanatic who planned to disguise himself as an armed police officer and kill muslims worshipping at a mosque in a Brenton Tarrant copycat attack has been jailed.
Joe Metcalfe, now 17, ‘idolised convicted international terrorists’ and stole his dad’s car to go on a scouting trip on a mosque in Keighley, West Yorks.
He then crashed the car into a fence, which led to his arrest.
Police discovered he’d researched how to carry out the attack in imitation of the mass shootings in Christchurch New Zealand in 2019 and Buffalo in 2022.
He jailed today for 10 years by a judge at Leeds Crown Court after being found guilty after trial of preparing to commit an act of terrorism.
Joe Metcalfe, now 17, ‘idolised convicted international terrorists’ and stole his dad’s car to go on a scouting trip on a mosque in Keighley, West Yorks
The car belonging to Joe Metcalfe’s dad which the terror obsessed teen stole to scout out a mosque which he planned to attack
He’d previously pleaded guilty to encouraging others to commit terrorism, disseminating terrorist publications, and possessing a bladed article.
His jailed term will also come with an extended licence period of six years.
Counter terror cops swooped on Metcalfe, of Haworth, West Yorks., in June 2022 when he was just 15.
Prosecutors said the boy held extreme right-wing views and had shown support for international terrorists such as Tarrant, who filmed himself as he shot 51 people in two mosques in New Zealand in 2019.
Jurors were shown a pictogram drawn by the boy in a notebook manifesto which shows a stickman surrounded by a swastika and an SS symbol.
It also included the names of some of the most notorious killers of recent years.
Police said he had a settled plan to conduct his own extreme right-wing-inspired attack in the summer of 2022.
After he was found guilty, Counter Terrorism Policing North East released images of a knife and a screwdriver found at the boy’s address.
Metcalfe was also sentenced today after a separate trial for charges of multiple rape, and coercive/controlling behaviour against a teenage girl.
He can be unmasked today after a judge lifted an anonymity order preventing him being identified.
A screwdriver and a knife were found hidden at the teenager’s address. He was jailed for 10 years today
Speaking after sentencing, Nick Price, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: ‘Although he spent time watching and sharing violent, racist, homophobic and anti semitic videos, these were not idle fantasies.
‘He made a detailed plan to murder Muslims at a nearby mosque while disguised as an armed police officer, record the killings and escape.
‘He stole his father’s car to carry out a reconnaissance mission, contacted a gun seller to try and secretly ship a weapon to the UK, and but for apprehension intended to carry out the attack.
‘Despite his young age his beliefs and willingness to take violent action to propagate them are a threat to our society, and it is right that he has been sentenced today for those crimes.’
Detective Chief Superintendent James Dunkerley is the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North- East. He said: ‘We are satisfied that this individual acted in isolation and our quick response prevented this escalating further’.
‘We have successfully worked alongside partners to ensure that this individual has been brought to justice’
‘I hope this provides yet another example of how robustly we will deal with this type of behaviour and these actions. It will not be tolerated.’
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