'Teenage extremist hid bomb-making manuals inside Minecraft video game guides'

A TEENAGE extremist hid bomb-making manuals inside Minecraft video game guides, a court heard today.

Connor Burke, 18, is charged with possessing and sharing banned publications, including one called Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000 andanother called The Improvised Munitions Handbook.


Westminster Magistrates' Court was told the banned terror documents were found within computer files containing guides to assist Minecraft players.

One document called Minecraft Potion Cook Book contained a copy of Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000, the court was told.

Another called Kitchen Improvised Fertiliser Explosives was discovered inside a file named Minecraft Kitchen Cookbook, the court heard.

Documents called Ragnar Benson – Homemade C4 – A Recipe for Survival and The Improvised Munitions Handbook were also said to have been found in files entitled Minecraft Homemade TNT.pdf and Minecraft_Bow_Ammo_Types.pdf.

TERROR CHARGES

Adam Harbinson, prosecuting, said the teenager is also accused of posting one publication on encrypted chat application Telegram to a group "with over 12,000 members present in an extreme right-wing group".

Burke, of Bexleyheath, south east London, faces four counts of possession of a document likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, and one count of disseminating similar documents.

He was arrested last Wednesday by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.

The teenager spoke in court today only to give his name and address and to confirm he was not entering a plea.

Reading the charges, a court clerk said: “Connor Burke, on October 6, 2020, disseminated a terrorist publication, namely a document titled The Improvised Munitions Handbook intending an effect of his conduct to be the provision of assistance oil the commission, preparation, or instigation or acts of terrorism.

“On or before February 15, 2021 possessed, without reasonable excuse a document containing information of a kind like to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, namely the files Minecraft Potion Cook book.pdf containing the document ‘Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000.’

“On or before February 15, 2021 possessed, without reasonable excuse a document containing information of a kind like to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, namely, the file Minecraft Kitchen Cookbook containing the document ‘Kitchen Improvised Fertiliser Explosives.

“On or before February 15 2021 possessed, without reasonable excuse a document containing information of a kind like to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Namely, the file Minecraft Homemade TNT.pdf contains the document Ragnar Benson – Homemade C4 – A recipe for survival.

"On or before February 15 2021 possessed, without reasonable excuse a document containing information of a kind like to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, namely the file 'Minecraft_Bow_Ammo_Types.pdf' containing the document 'The Improvised Munitions Handbook.'"

Burke was remanded in custody until his next court appearance at the Old Bailey on March 19.

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