A 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to two terrorism charges at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.

The girl, who cannot be named as she is under the age of 18, admitted to being in possession of bomb making guide “the Anarchist Cookbook” and “recipes for explosives”. The documents were described as containing information designed to aid a person in preparing for and committing an act of terrorism.

She will be sentenced in October.

The investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit that resulted in the arrest of the girl in April also led to the arrest of a 14-year-old boy from Blackburn who admitted involvement in plotting a terror attack in Australia.

The Anarchist Cookbook is an infamous guide to manufacturing explosives and illicit drugs such as LCD, and was written and published in the US in 1971 at the hight of the counterculture era. It has been banned in a number of countries around the world, but remains in print in the US despite calls from its original author for the book to “quickly and quietly go out of print“.

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