A 14-year-old A* student was referred to the government’s anti-extremism programme following concerns he was being “groomed” for environmental activism by anti-frackers.
The boy, known by the pseudonym Aaron, was targeted via social media after signing an online petition, according to a report on preventing extremism in Greater Manchester commissioned in the aftermath of last year’s Manchester Arena attack.
The main activist only stopped when police made them the subject of an abduction notice. This prohibited them from making contact with a named child. A breach of such a notice is a criminal offence.