Teenager admits encouraging terror acts online

A teenage extremist has pleaded guilty to encouraging acts of terrorism on social media.

Polish national Michael Szewczuk, 19, from Bramley, in Leeds, admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism and five charges of possessing terrorist documents before his arrest last December.

The charges relate to publishing messages on social network Gab and having documents with titles including The Anarchist Cookbook and White Resistance Manual.

The defendant appeared in the dock of the Old Bailey alongside 18-year-old Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, from west London, who admitted two charges of encouraging terrorism in December.

Judge Rebecca Poulet QC granted them continued conditional bail ahead of their sentencing on June 17.

She ordered a pre-sentence report be prepared for Szewczuk but warned it should not be seen as a sign he would not receive a prison term.