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Three men charged ‘with ‘Right-wing’ terrorism planned to attack Islamic centre

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‌Three alleged members of an extreme far-Right organisation named Einsatz 14 plotted to attack an Islamic centre, a court heard.

‌Brogan Stewart, 24, Marco Pitzettu, 24, and Christopher Ringrose, 33, are charged with engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism.

‌At Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the three defendants appeared via video link alongside their solicitors from an undisclosed location.

‌The court heard that the men were alleged to have joined an extreme Right-wing chat forum on the Telegram messaging platform.

‌They spoke only to confirm their names and dates of birth during the 25-minute hearing.

‌The members of the group were alleged to have obtained extreme Right-wing ideological texts, material containing instructions on how to manufacture a 3D-printed firearm, and distributed other information on firearms and ammunition.

‌They were also accused of manufacturing an FGC 9 semi-automatic firearm and to have identified potential locations and targets for attack.

‘Preparing an act of terrorism’

‌Prosecutor Mark Luckett said: “Counter-terrorism policing identified a number of chat forums on the social media platform Telegram.

‌“One particular group, titled Einsatz 14 Group, was considered to be significant because it included the sharing of extreme Right-wing propaganda and documents providing plans and advice on the creation of weapons and training.”

‌He said the group had been created in January 2024 following the formation of a number of other extreme-Right groups on the Telegram platform that the defendants were also allegedly members of.

‌He added: “It is believed this group was created with the sole aim of sharing terrorist publications, providing advice on military training and weaponry with the aim of preparing an act of terrorism.”

‌Mr Luckett said that earlier this month, they allegedly discussed a plan to target an Islamic education centre in Leeds as well as human targets in the area.

‌The court heard that at Mr Ringrose’s home address, a “3D printer, a 3D copy of an FGC-9 semi-automatic firearm and instructional material for other 3D firearms were recovered”.

‌Mr Stewart, from Leeds, Mr Ringrose, from Cannock, and Mr Pitzettu, from Derby, were all remanded into custody.

‌They will next appear in court at the Old Bailey on March 15.