Britain’s youngest terrorist, neo-Nazi Jack Reed, named after bombing plots
A "natural sadist" who was convicted of six neo-Nazi terror offences, as well as a number of sexual assaults on a young girl, has lost his court battle to keep his name out of news reports.
Jack Reed, from New Brancepeth, in County Durham, made an application last month – two days before his 18th birthday– to keep his name secret.
But a judge at Manchester Crown Court overturned an earlier interim decision to continue the order for anonymity saying the Crown Court has "no power" to make that decision.
Reed’s lawyers had argued that naming him would be harmful to the welfare of a "very vulnerable youth with very obvious social difficulties" and his anonymity should continue until at least ongoing psychological assessments were complete.
But Judge Dean said, even if the Crown Court had the power to continue Reed’s anonymity, "this is a case which, in my judgement, would have failed on its substantive merits".
When Reed was sentenced, reports ChronicleLive, a judge noted that Reed’s autism spectrum disorder played some part in his offending.
Reed was sentenced last January to six years and eight months in custody after a jury found him guilty of preparation of terrorist acts between October 2017 and March 2019.
At his trial, the court heard how he was interested in "occult neo-Nazism" and had described himself as a "natural sadist".
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When police searched Reed’s family home in the village of New Brancepeth they discovered a terrorist manifesto he had written which listed "Areas to Attack" such as schools, pubs and council buildings.
Reed also wrote of planning to conduct an arson spree with Molotov cocktails on local synagogues, while analysis of his computer devices and mobile phone uncovered numerous internet searches on firearms, explosives and knives as well as downloads of extremist far-right material.
In December he was sentenced to a further term in jail for a series of child sexual offences, namely five sexual assaults against a girl.
Judge David Stockdale QC, the former Recorder of Manchester, described the teenager as "highly intelligent, widely read, quick-thinking and articulate," but told him it was "a matter of infinite regret that you pursued at such a young age a twisted and – many would say – a sick ideological path".
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