Boy, 17, who offered to build weapons for neo-Nazis jailed for terror offences

A teenager who idolised Adolf Hitler has been jailed for terrorism offences.

Paul Dunleavy, 17, kept a haul of knives, shotgun cartridges, bullet casings and air rifles in his bedroom, plus face coverings and camouflage face paint and makeshift targets.

The ex-Royal Air Cadet, who can be named for first time following a court ruling, had researched how to convert a blank-firing gun into a live weapon.

On Friday Dunleavy, of Rugby, Warkshire, was jailed for five-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court.

He admitted nine counts of collecting terrorism information under section 58 of the Terrorism Act.

Last month a jury also found him guilty of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism under section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

The court heard how police found a notebook containing swastikas, details of lone wolf attacks and a mocked up logo representing an extreme right group he wanted to form.

There were also numerous tools, camping equipment and makeshift cardboard targets.

Officers said he ‘declared his heroes’ as Adolf Hitler and influential neo-Nazi James Mason.

They further found more than 90 documents on his mobile phone on firearms, explosives and military tactics, plus ‘online material with an extreme right wing rhetoric as well as the online chat conversations’.

Police also found phone video clips of the New Zealand attacks in Christchurch mosques in 2019 and the Anders Breivik terror attack in Norway.

Dunleavy had become a member of the online extreme right wing group Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) in July last year.

In a series of online conversations, he expressed extreme views and indicated he was planning to convert a blank-firing weapon to fire live bullets.

Head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, said: ‘This boy had an unhealthy interest in other attacks across the world and he knew exactly what online platforms to join to share his extreme views.

‘He believed he had the skills to convert a blank firing weapon into a viable firearm and was willing to help others with his abilities.’

Det Chf Bell highlighted the commitment by counter terrorism policing to tackle all forms of extremist ideology.

He added: ‘We have seen many convictions over the last few years in connection with extreme right wing terrorism and this work continues apace. These extreme groups have the potential to threaten public safety and security.

‘We work tirelessly to counter terrorism. Our absolute priority is to ensure the safety and security of the people who live, work and visit the West Midlands area.’

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