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A 14-year-old British boy appeared in court Friday charged with inciting a man in Australia to behead someone and carry out a terror attack on a holiday parade in Melbourne. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested in Blackburn, northern England, after police found messages he had exchanged with a man in Australia on his mobile phone regarding the alleged plot.
This sparked a police operation in Melbourne which resulted in the arrest of five teenagers who Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said were planning an ISIS-inspired attack on a World War I commemorative event this week.
The British boy appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where District Judge Emma Arbuthnot ordered that the case be transferred to the higher Central Criminal Court which deals with more serious offenses.