A 16-year-old boy who ordered a potentially deadly toxin from the dark web has been sentenced.
The teenager, who is from the Tameside area but cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Manchester Youth Court on 8 April 2015 where he pleaded guilty to attempting to acquire a biological toxin or agent contrary to the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 and section one of the Biological Weapons Act 1974.
The basis of this plea was that he attempted to purchase the abrin with a view to committing suicide.
Today, 20 April 2015, he was sentenced to a 12 month referral order.
This followed an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, who were informed on 23 January 2015 that the teenager was attempting to obtain a highly toxic poison called Abrin, which is considered 30 times more toxic than ricin.
The information was passed to the NWCTU after law...
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