A TEENAGER accused of plotting a far-right terrorist attack in the North East will go on trial next year.

Luke Skelton is charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism by composing draft “manifestos” and a “final note”.

The 18-year-old made a brief appearance at Teesside Crown Court for a mention hearing and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

According to the charge against him, he also researched explosive ingredients and identified people and locations as potential targets.

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The alleged offence, spanning the period between October 2020 and 2021, took place in the student’s home town of Washington, Tyne and Wear.

The targets allegedly included “drag queens”, “Muslim rape gangs” and police stations, which he had photographed.

Skelton, of Oxclose, Washington, has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of of preparing to commit acts of terrorism.

The teenager will go on trial at Teesside Crown Court on May 2 next year.

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