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Former British Army Employee Charged With Terrorism Offenses

A man from Somerset in southwest England has been charged with terrorism and explosive offenses.

Dean Morrice, aged 33, of Paulton, Somerset, was arrested as part of an investigation by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East and Counter Terrorism Policing South West.

The charges come after he was arrested and searches were carried out on August 20 in Paulton.

Morrice has been charged with two offenses under Section 2 of the U.K. Terrorism Act 2006 – transmitting a terrorist publication – and one offence under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – possession of terrorist related material. The investigation found he had a doctored video of the mosque killings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

He has also been charged under Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883  – making or possessing an explosive substance in suspicious circumstances. 

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard on August 27 that Morrice had the ingredients to make pyrotechnic composition thermite, along with ball bearings, metal pipes and magnesium ribbon.

The court also heard that Morrice had a desk job with the British Army for a short time. Morrice’s legal representative said the defendant will plead not guilty to all charges when he appears at the Old Bailey Court on October 2.

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Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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