Schoolgirl who faced terror charges is ‘wake-up call about grooming’


Rhianan Rudd. The charity Exit Hate says it is seeing more children being groomed by rightwing extremists.

Charges against Rhianan Rudd, then 15, were dropped after evidence proved she had been groomed online by rightwing extremists

Jessica Murray Midlands correspondent | UK, Jan 7 2023

Charities say the case of a UK teenager who became the youngest girl to be charged with terror offences after online grooming by rightwing extremists should be a “wake-up call” about the online vulnerability of children.

Rhianan Rudd, who was 15 when charged, took her own life at a Nottinghamshire children’s home in May last year, when she was 16.

The charges against her had by then been dropped after evidence proved she had been a victim of online grooming.

Nigel Bromage, the founder of the charity Exit Hate, which supports people to move away from extremism, said it was seeing a growing number…

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