Terrorism and Firearm Charges
A 19-year-old man, Alfie Douglas Coleman from Great Notley, Essex, has been charged with a series of offenses related to terrorism and firearms.
The charges, announced by Scotland Yard, are part of an investigation into “extreme right-wing terrorism.”
Coleman faces several charges, including the preparation of terrorism, possession of a prohibited firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate.
Additionally, he has been charged with 10 counts of possession of terrorist material, as confirmed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Upcoming Court Appearance
Alfie Douglas Coleman is scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Thursday. These charges have raised concerns among the public, given the nature of the allegations.
Reassurance from Counter Terrorism Command
Commander Dominic Murphy, who leads the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, emphasized that while the charges may be unsettling, there is no indication of an enduring threat.
He urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity, assuring them that public support is crucial in identifying and preventing terrorist activities.
Arrest and Detention
The arrest of Coleman took place in east London on September 29 as part of a pre-planned operation.
He was detained under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and held in custody at a London police station.
Subsequent warrants of further detention were granted, extending his custody to October 13.
CPS’s Role in the Case
Nick Price, head of the CPS counter terrorism and special crime division, outlined that the CPS has authorized 13 charges against the 19-year-old, alleging intent to commit an act of terrorism.
He emphasized the importance of fair trials and called for the avoidance of any reporting, commentary, or sharing of information online that could prejudice the ongoing legal proceedings.
Presumption of Innocence
It’s essential to remember that the CPS’s role is not to determine guilt but to make fair and objective assessments about whether charges should be presented for a criminal court’s consideration.
The legal proceedings are currently active, and the individual has the right to a fair trial.