Gavin Fowler called for the “extermination” of all Muslims on newspaper Facebook page.

A man who posted pro-Hitler comments on a newspaper forum has been fined £1000.

Gavin Fowler posted online abuse calling for the “extermination” of all Muslims after permission was granted to build a new mosque in Perth.

He posted the comment on a local newspaper web forum during a debate about a proposed march against the mosque by the Scottish Defence League.

Fowler, 60, said he wished Adolf Hitler would return and lead the cull.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said: “It would be bad enough if this comment had come from someone in their teens or early 20s.

“It would still be extremely offensive, but at least it might be put down to ignorance.

“But being the age you are, born in the 1950s, I find it hard to believe you would not have a modicum of knowledge of recent history.

“It was published in a way that others would read it and without thinking that they might be influenced by it.”

Fowler admitted posting a bigoted message aggravated by religious prejudice on August 4 last year when he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Defence solicitor Linda Clark said: “He acts impulsively and without thinking through the consequences of his behaviour to himself or others.

“He is genuinely remorseful and embarrassed by his conduct. He is 60 and has never come to the attention of the police or the court before.”


Mark Meechan went viral on YouTube after recording pet pooch Buddha responding to statements such as ‘gas the Jews’ by raising its paw.

A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been convicted of committing a hate crime.

Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as ‘gas the Jews’ and ‘Sieg Heil’ by raising its paw during the footage called “M8 Yur Dug’s a Nazi”.

But after complaints about the content, police were called in and he was arrested for allegedly committing a hate crime by uploading the footage on to the popular video sharing website in April 2016.

The original clip had been viewed more than three million times on YouTube.

 Mark Meechan denied committing a hate crime by releasing a video featuring his girlfriend's dog Buddha giving Nazi salutes (Image: Facebook)

Mark Meechan denied committing a hate crime by releasing a video featuring his girlfriend’s dog Buddha giving Nazi salutes (Image: Facebook)

Meechan, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, went on trial at Airdrie Sheriff Court where he denied any wrong doing. He insisted he made the video to annoy his girlfriend Suzanne Kelly, 29.

However, Sheriff Derek O’Carroll found him guilty of a charge under the Communications Act that he posted a video on social media and YouTube which was grossly offensive because it was ‘anti-semitic and racist in nature’ and was aggravated by religious prejudice.

Sheriff O’Carroll told the court he did not believe Meechan had made the video only to annoy his girlfriend and ruled it was anti-Semitic.

He also said he believed Meechan left video on YouTube to drive traffic to other material he had on there.

He added: “In my view it is a reasonable conclusion that the video is grossly offensive

“The description of the video as humourous is no magic wand.

The 'M8 Yer Dugs a Nazi' video went viral but the court heard it caused huge offense to many Jewish people

The ‘M8 Yer Dugs a Nazi’ video went viral but the court heard it caused huge offense to many Jewish people

“This court has taken the freedom of expression into consideration. But the right to freedom of expression also comes with responsibility.

“The accused is quite obviously an intelligent and articulate man.

“The accused knew that the material was offensive and knew why it was offensive. Despite that the accused made a video containing anti-Semitic content and he would have known it was grossly offensive to many Jewish people.”

Ross Brown, defending, said Meechan had only intended the video to be seen by a small group of friends and to annoy his girlfriend.

He said the material had been leaked and gone ‘viral’ but Police Scotland then wrongly pursued Meechan despite his later videos attempting to ‘set the record straight’.

He said: “The purpose was to annoy his girlfriend but there was no evidence that he intended to cause fear or alarm.

“His girlfriend testified that Mr Meechan had never made known to her any any anti-Semitic views whatsoever.

“The accused possesses both tolerant and liberal views.

“His girlfriend is in no doubt it was an example of his sense of humour.”

Mr Brown told the court it was wrong to focus on the phrase ‘gas the jews’ when it had been taken out of context of the whole video.

He said famous Jewish comedian David Baddiel had even voiced his support for Meechan and asked for him to walk free.

He added: “I can see that the video may not be to everyone’s taste. Others may be able to see the comedic or satirical element to it.

“The court should seek to acquit Mr Meechan for no other reason but to show it is 2018 and not 1984.”

Prosecutors had earlier asked for Meechan to be convicted and branded the video ‘an odious criminal act that was dressed up to look like a joke.’

The depute fiscal added: “He is a highly intelligent and articulate individual, we are not dealing with some callow youth who is inexperienced with what is going on in the world.

“The Crown contention is that the inclusion of the dog is an attempt to muddy the waters around him making, producing and posting the video.

“He says that he knows the context of the video but in a criminal court in Scotland he does not decide the context of anything, the court decides the context.”

Meechan had earlier told the court he only ever intended the video to be seen by a small group of friends on his YouTube account and insisted he still found it funny.

In the video the dog is seen perking up when it hears the statements and appears to lift its paw to the ‘Sieg Heil’ command in the video and is also filmed watching a rally led by Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson attended court today in support of Meechan.

Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, said the case was a “huge free speech issue.”

Sheriff O’Carroll deferred sentence on Meechan until April 23 for background reports and a restriction of liberty assessment.

Speaking outside court Meechan, a first offender, said: “We are going to appeal.

“There has been a miscarriage of justice.

 Mark Meechan (right) and Tommy Robinson at Airdrie Sheriff Court (Image:

Mark Meechan (right) and Tommy Robinson at Airdrie Sheriff Court (Image:

“I think it is a very dark day in regards to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

“The thing that was most worrying is that one of the primary things that has to be considered is things like context and intent and that was completely disregarded.

“For any comedians in Britain, be very, very worried about making jokes in future because the context and intent behind them apparently don’t matter any more.”

Tommy Robinson said: “This is the intelligence services, this is the government, this is the police cracking down and silencing free speech on people who are not even allowed to tell jokes.

“As we’re in Scotland, Frankie Boyle has always said far worse.”

Comedian Ricky Gervais took to Twitter to comment on the case after the verdict.

He said: “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive’.

“If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find ‘grossly offensive’, then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.

“I f***ing hate religion. I’ve criticised and ridiculed it for 40 years. Yet if my government tried to ban it or criminalise it, I would march alongside those poor fools and fight hard for their right to believe any f***ing stupid nonsense they chose.”
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He was banned after having a flare at a match in Cheshire

A banned football fan has admitted failing to hand over his passport to ensure he did not attend England’s away matches.

Carpentry apprentice Benjamin Baguley was given a one-year conditional discharge by Nottingham magistrates, who ordered him to pay £85 prosecution costs and £30 government tax.

They were told that he was handed a three-year football banning order by magistrates in Cheshire last year. Baguley, 22, of Montague Street, Bulwell, was also fined.

Sarah Smith, prosecuting, told the Nottingham court: “He was found guilty of possessing a flare and throwing it onto the pitch during a match.

“When the order was imposed, one condition was to surrender his passport when England are playing away.”

This was pointed out in a letter sent to him on August 29 last year but he had failed to hand in the passport by October 4.

Miss Smith added: “When interviewed about the matter, he accepted that he knew the condition. He said that he was busy at work, that was the reason why he didn’t comply and acknowledged the breach would be a serious matter.”

Baguley admitted failing to surrender his passport at the Central Police Station on October 4. He was given a one-year conditional discharge.

He told the court: “I know I have done wrong. I was busy and was more focused on sorting myself out, trying to get an apprenticeship which I managed to get.”

Presiding magistrate Maureen Baker, who sat with two colleagues, told him: “The football banning order is very important and was for a serious offence.

“It was very important you comply with the order and part of your order was to surrender your passport.

“We are giving you another chance. Keep out of trouble and comply with the football banning order.”

There is no suggestion that Baguley used the passport to watch football matches.

Nottingham Post

Kelli Best was devastated when ­daughter Skylah was stillborn at 25 weeks amid a ­campaign of intimidation by the far-right group – banned from Facebook last week

Kelli Best with her daughter Skylah, who was stillborn at 25 weeks (Image: SWNS)

Kelli Best with her daughter Skylah, who was stillborn at 25 weeks (Image: SWNS)

A heartbroken mum kisses the baby she lost after she was hounded by the hate-filled ­leaders of Britain First.

Kelli Best was devastated when ­daughter Skylah was stillborn at 25 weeks.

The tragedy happened amid a ­campaign of intimidation by the far-right group – banned from Facebook last week.

Its founders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding harassed Kelli and her two young sons while her Muslim partner was ­remanded in custody awaiting trial for rape.

The pair filmed 23-year-old Kelli, abused her at home and handed out leaflets about the case to neighbours.

Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen

Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen

One night the mum was bathing her two young sons when they arrived at her house and shouted through the letterbox: “Dirty Muslim rapist.”

Kelli recalled: “My son kept saying, ‘I’m not dirty Mummy. I’ve just got out of the bath.’

“I was so scared. I didn’t know what they were going to do. I thought they were going to come in and attack me.

“It was just me and my boys. I took them into the back room and we hid in the dark.”

Just 36 hours after the attack, Kelli – who was six weeks pregnant at the time – suffered a haemorrhage.

She said: “I had three panic attacks within an hour of them leaving.

“My whole body was shaking ­uncontrollably. It must have been under immense pressure. I’ve had two healthy children and no complications before.”

After being given a police panic alarm she was in and out of hospital and suffered repeated bleeding before Skylah was stillborn last September.

She said: “Even the day I gave birth I was convinced she was still alive. “The funeral took a long time to arrange so I went to see her for two weeks every day.

“When she was born I kissed her head. She was a beautiful angel and was buried in a white coffin.

“I carried her into the church.”

Her boys have been left scarred by Britain First’s thuggish harassment at their home in Ramsgate, Kent.

Kelli said: “My son still gets scared if anyone knocks at the door.

“He tells everybody about the naughty people that came to the house. He would say, ‘I’m not dirty,’ for a long time. He still has nightmares.” Kelli dumped her partner, Tamin Rahmani, 38, a pizza boss, when he was convicted at Canterbury crown court and jailed for 14 years last September.

The Afghan – who is the father of her two boys – raped a 16-year-old white girl above his takeaway in Ramsgate with two other Muslim pizza workers and an ­unnamed youth.

Kelli said: “I got back home after a weekend away to see the police had raided my home. I didn’t know what was going on.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard what he’d done.”

The case attracted the ­attention of Britain First founders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding. They handed out leaflets and posted online videos about the case and were jailed by Folkestone magistrates earlier this month for religiously aggravated harassment.

Fransen, 32 – who is Britain First’s deputy leader – was sentenced to 36 weeks. ­The group’s co-founder and leader Golding got 18 weeks.

Kelli gave evidence behind a ­curtain during the case because she was ­petrified to be in the same room.

Kelli said: “Jayda just wanted people to hate me and be in fear for my life.

“She posted leaflets round the street with a picture of my ex-partner explaining the crimes along with my address.

“He didn’t even live there. She was knocking on people’s doors to get a witch hunt going. But I was a victim. I didn’t do anything wrong.

“Me and my boys are innocent. They are babies.”

Kelli has been too scared to leave her home for fear of being killed and is ­moving house. She said: “I’m constantly worried someone will break in. I have to check every room in the house to make sure no one is there. I try not to go out on my own.

“I get panic attacks just picking up my son from nursery.” Kelli was horrified when US President Donald Trump ­catapulted Fransen to fame by sharing her notorious Twitter posts with his 23 million followers in November.

She said: “Trump gave her a platform to millions of people. That scared me even more. When I saw Trump had retweeted her on the news I was shocked.

“I thought with his backing I would be harassed even more. It felt like everyone was on her side.”

Fransen and Golding founded Britain First in 2011 and run it from their £400,000 home in Penge, South East London. Last Wednesday Facebook banned the group from using the site to spread its messages of hate and racism.

Its Facebook page – which included a picture of its leaders captioned “Islamaphobic and proud” – had more than two million likes.

Prime Minster Theresa May welcomed the ban, which came after the group ­repeatedly posted twisted anti-Muslim videos despite repeated warnings.

There have been calls for Britain First to be listed as a terror organisation.

Kelli said: “Jayda and Paul should have been locked up for longer.

“But no matter how long they got, it would never be enough.

“That day has changed me forever. Jayda had the opportunity to say sorry but she didn’t. She just wanted fame.”

Britain First leader Paul Golding has begged governors to move him to the SAME unit for vulnerable prisoners as the Muslim rapists he protested against.

Golding, 36, feared for his life when he arrived at HMP Elmley, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, earlier this month, said a source.

But the three rapists were already in the segregated unit so his request was turned down over fears they could attack him.

And last Wednesday, less than a week after he arrived, two other lags beat him up and broke his nose in the main prison.

The source said: “As soon as Golding arrived at the jail he requested to be housed in the vulnerable prisoner unit.

“With around 100 Muslims here, the last thing Golding wanted was to be put on one of the ordinary wings. He would rather mix with sex offenders and other vulnerable inmates. He really fears for his life.”

Golding, who is serving 18 months for religiously aggravated harassment, has decided to stay in his cell.

Tamin Rahmani, 38, Shershah Muslimyar, 21, and Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, and a boy of 17 got a total of 49 years for rape.

Daily Mirror

Mikko Vehvilainen accused of membership of banned neo-Nazi group

 A court sketch of Mikko Vehvilainen, left, and Mark Barrett, centre, on trial at Birmingham Crown Court. (Image: Elizabeth Cook)

A court sketch of Mikko Vehvilainen, left, and Mark Barrett, centre, on trial at Birmingham Crown Court. (Image: Elizabeth Cook)

The “racist” views of an Army trainer and alleged recruiter for banned neo-Nazi group National Action do not make him a criminal, a jury has been told.

The barrister for 33-year-old Lance Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen told jurors on Wednesday it was “not in dispute that he is a racist”.

Pavlos Panayi QC said: “It is not disputed that he has written and said things which the vast majority of people will find utterly repulsive, about black people, Jews, Muslims and lots of other minority groups.

“It is not disputed he has associated with other racists, men and women, from what might be called the Far Right, that might include neo-Nazis, and other different groups of people.”

But he added that while the “groundbreaking case” would test the limits of free speech and freedom of association in Britain, Vehvilainen’s actions were not criminal.

Vehvilainen and fellow Royal Anglian Regiment soldier, 25-year-old Private Mark Barrett are both on trial accused of membership of the far-right organisation, which was banned by the government in December 2016

Also facing the same charge at Birmingham Crown Court is a 23-year-old male who cannot be named for legal reasons, but who was described in court as a “regional leader” for the group.

The jury heard how Vehvilainen had a host lawfully held weapons including “guns, knives and crossbows” which he kept at his Army accommodation in Sennybridge Camp, Powys.

Jurors were also told he had pleaded guilty to unlawfully having a canister of CS spray among those weapons.

Addressing the jury after the prosecution’s opening speech, Mr Panayi said: “In many ways this case is unprecedented because you have heard that National Action was the first far-right group to be banned since the Second World War and this is the first prosecution arising out of that ban.

“It is a groundbreaking case.”

He added: “This case will test the limits of free speech, the freedom to say what you think and the freedom to frighten, offend and discuss.”

The QC said: “You are, in the end, going to have to determine in this case where the boundary lies between L/Cpl Mikko Vehvilainen’s right to speak freely, to think what he chooses to, and associate with others who share his views and where that boundary lies.

“Whether it crosses over into the reaches of criminal law or not.”

Vehvilainen, who is married with children, is also accused of two counts of stirring up racial hatred through posts on the US-based website, where he used the name NicoChristian.

He has been further charged with possessing a document likely to be of use to terrorists – a copy of white nationalist Anders Breivik’s manifesto.

Counsel for Barrett, of Dhekalia Barracks, Cyprus, where he lived with his wife and children, also told the jury the case was “not about assessing the morality of expressing prejudicial opinions all right-minded people might recoil from”.

Colin Aylott said: “Are the hallmarks of membership truly present in what he did, and how he expressed himself?

“Ask yourself – casual racist of committed fanatic?

“Because that is the issue you have to decide in this case.”

Addressing the court on behalf of the defendant who cannot be named, barrister Christopher Knox claimed National Action “did not exist” as an organisation after it was banned.

Mr Knox said of the 23-year-old: “We will submit to you that he is no terrorist.

“He was involved with National Action and he held views which he well understands you might find really distasteful, but those are views he was, and is, entitled to hold.”

The court heard that the male had made attempts to join the Army.
Birmingham Mail

Combat 18 and Adolf Hitler disciple Connor Ward was captured with a stun gun, knuckle dusters, knives, metal bars, ball bearings and rocket tubes.

Neo-Nazi Connor Ward was caught with knuckle dusters, knives, metal bars, ball bearings and rocket tubes

Neo-Nazi Connor Ward was caught with knuckle dusters, knives, metal bars, ball bearings and rocket tubes

A neo-Nazi who acquired components for potential bombs and kept a list of Scottish mosque addresses is behind bars after being convicted of planning terror attacks.

Connor Ward, 25, acquired hundreds of ball bearings which could be used in pipe bombs and rocket tubes which could be used to fire projectiles.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the fascist acquired an arms cache which included a stun gun, hundreds of knuckle dusters, knives and metal bars.

Ward, who was previously jailed for three years in 2012 for possessing an explosive substance, also acquired a number of deactivated bullets.

The court heard the ammo could have been reactivated for use in a firearm.

Horrified police discovered the lethal horde after receiving a tip off that Ward had broke strict firearms legislation by buying a stun gun from abroad.

Detectives who searched Ward’s home in Banff, Aberdeenshire, also found he had acquired a mobile phone signal jamming device and a machine for picking up hidden bugs.

And they also discovered that Ward had downloaded tens of thousands of documents from the internet on firearms and survival techniques.

The files also contained extreme right-wing propaganda and documents about military tactics.

Detectives also found a Google Maps-style file containing the postal addresses of five Islamic places of worship in the Aberdeen area on Ward’s computer.

They also found that Ward, who told jurors he thought Hitler had made mistakes, had started to compose a book called “Combat 18 British Mosque Address Book.”

The court heard that Combat 18 is the name of an extreme British right-wing paramilitary group

The court heard how in the title page of the book, the accused had written a dedication which read: “This book is dedicated to all that follow Mohammed and the Islamic faith.”

“You will all soon suffer your demise.”

This prompted the police to fear that Ward was set to launch terrorism attacks.

Ward, a former psychiatric patient, claimed he was suffering from mental illness at the time he downloaded the documents.

He said that he acquired the files because he believed the world was going to end in 2012 and he wanted to survive the apocalypse.

But jurors refused to believe Ward’s claims and returned guilty verdicts on two charges of breaching the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism Act 2006.

Their verdicts came on the fifth week of proceedings against him.

The first charge which Ward was convicted of stated that between February 26, 2011, and November 21, 2014, he did “with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, engage in conduct in preparation of said acts”.

The second charge stated that on the same date, Ward did “collect or make a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.”

The secretive neo-Nazi had a bug detection device in case he was being spied upon

The secretive neo-Nazi had a bug detection device in case he was being spied upon

Prosecution lawyer Richard Goddard told the court that Ward had been previously jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh on another explosives charge.

He said: “He was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh on October 30, 2012, on a charge of contravening the 1883 explosives act.

The neo-Nazi had obtained a mobile phone signal jammer

The neo-Nazi had obtained a mobile phone signal jammer

“He collected the chemical constituents of a bomb. His motivation then was to harm his father.”

Mr Goddard also told the court that Ward was given a 22 month jail sentence in April 2015 for possessing a stun gun.

He was also convicted in July 2016 of having an “improvised” knife whilst serving that prison sentence and given another 18 months.

In August 2016, the court heard how Ward was sentenced to another four months for assaulting somebody whilst in custody.

Mr Goddard said the Crown wanted to submit a serious organised crime prevention order.

This would limit the ability of Ward to reoffend following his release from prison.

Lord Burns adjourned sentence on Ward for the court to obtain reports on his character.

He said: “In light of the verdict of the jury and your previous convictions, I am going to call for a report on the risk you pose to members of the public.”

Ward first came to public attention after he was jailed for three years in December 2012. He had pleaded guilty to making threats and possessing an explosive substance in suspicious circumstances.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Ward told police that he bore a grudge against his father, who had a child with his previous ex girlfriend.

Ward said “voices in his head” were telling him to kill his dad.

When detectives raided his house, they found chemicals together with items for making bombs.

Nearby houses had to be evacuated.

Passing sentence, judge Lord Uist said: “It is clear that you harbour a deep hatred for your father as you told the police that it was your intention to kill him and also yourself by means of a bomb.”

When Ward was released from that jail term, police continued to monitor him. And in November 2014, officers raided Ward’s property after receiving a tip off that he had purchased a stun gun from abroad.

Upon arriving at the property, detectives found the stun gun, which was disguised as a torch, hundreds of knuckledusters and knives.

Cops searching Ward’s mum’s house in Banff also found dozens of weapons.

PC Richard Roach, 34, was one of the officers who searched Ward’s property.

He told the court that material including deactivated bullets, rocket tubes and 500 steel ball bearings were found there.

When Mr Goddard asked PC Roach about the significance of the ball bearings, the officer replied: “Items like this can be used in pipe bombs – that’s why it was seized.”

Computer expert James Borwick was asked by detectives to search a USB stick and a laptop belonging to Ward.

Police then became alarmed at the discovery of files on the computer.

The white supremacist had a medieval-type flail as part of his cache of weapons

The white supremacist had a medieval-type flail as part of his cache of weapons

Detectives formed the conclusion that Ward was planning to commit terrorist attacks as a so called “lone wolf”.

Mr Borwick found a Google Maps-style document detailing the locations of five mosques in Aberdeen.

The computer expert also said that some of the Google searches made on Ward’s laptop included phrases like ‘fake police warrant cards,’ ‘How to Make a Flash Grenade’ and ‘How to Make Inert Bullets work’.

Mr Borwick told the court that the computer contained the TOR Internet Browser – which he said gave Ward the ability to surf the dark web and to potentially look at sites which sold guns and explosives.

He also downloaded tens of thousands of documents from the internet detailing military and survival techniques.

Some of the files had titles like ‘AK47 Assault Rifle Operator Manual’ and ‘Dragonov 7.62mm SVD.pdf’.

Other titles downloaded by Ward onto his computer included ‘Techniques of Silent Killing’ and the ‘White Resistance Manual’.

Professor Matthew Feldman, 41, was asked by the police to analyse the content found on Ward’s computer.

The academic, who specialises in studying extreme right-wing political groups, said he found that Ward had a total of 2,043 ‘extreme right wing’ punk rock songs on his computer.

Mr Feldman said he found that Ward had downloaded a 214-page copy of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.

Ward also had a copy of book called the Turner Diaries which tells a story about white people who start a war against other races.

The court heard that David Copeland read the book before starting a bombing campaign in London in 1999 and that the FBI consider the novel to be the “bible” of neo-Nazism.

Professor Feldman said he believed that Ward was an “exemplary” neo-Nazi.

Officers feared that with the information, Ward was going to launch an attack – perhaps on mosques close to his home in Aberdeen.

Ward admitted in court that he was a “white supremacist” who was “definitely” anti-Jewish.

He also said that he was also against “Jihadi” Islam.

The FBI consider the Turner Diaries to be the "bible" of neo-Nazism

The FBI consider the Turner Diaries to be the “bible” of neo-Nazism

But he denied suggestions that he was planning a terrorism attack.

Ward claimed that he was suffering from mental illness at the time he downloaded 19,000 documents about firearms and another 22,000 files on ‘survivalist’ techniques.

He told defence advocate Drew McKenzie that he did this because of his poor mental health.

He added: “I believed the world was coming to an end on December 21, 2012.

“I stockpiled weapons. I taught myself survival techniques.”

When Mr McKenzie asked him why he needed to learn these techniques, Ward replied: “If the end of the world was gonna come, I was gonna be a survivor – there would be other people trying to survive as well.

“We’ve all seen films about the apocalypse. Violence is rife. It would be either kill or be killed.”

In cross examination, Mr Goddard pointed out that one of documents found on Ward’s computer was called “Combat 18 British Mosque Address Book”.

The dedication on the book read: “The book is dedicated to all that follow Mohammed and the Islamic faith. You will all soon suffer your demise.”

Mr Goddard said this indicated that Ward wanted to carry out a terrorism act.

Mr Goddard said: “What do you think of Adolf Hitler?”

Ward replied: “I think he made mistakes. He wasn’t right in every aspect.”

But Ward denied he was planning to carry out terrorism attacks.

Speaking about the Combat 18 book, Ward said the title was a “working one”.

He added: “That’s how it sounded in my head. To me at the time that phrase was not a threat in the way you are making it sound.”

In the end, the jurors refused to believe Ward’s story.

Ward is expected to be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on April 11.

Daily Record

A MOTHER of three who was at the centre of a controversial BNP video has been jailed.

Helen Forster, of Park Place, Gravesend, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to 11 months in prison for perverting the course of justice and common assault.

The 32-year-old admitted both charges, which related to an incident in Fort Gardens, Gravesend, on May 23.

She was given an additional nine months in jail for breaching a suspended sentence.

In May, Forster was given a 10-month suspended prison term after being convicted of intimidation.

In that case the court heard she had encouraged a group of children to throw eggs and fire an airgun at the home of her neighbour Meherjan Miah, who lives there with her young children.

Following Forster’s conviction for intimidation, it was reported in the media she was a member of the British National Party.

However, Paul Golding, BNP councillor for the Swanley St Mary’s Ward of Sevenoaks District Council, vigorously denied she had ever been a member of his party, calling the reports “outrageous lies”.

In a video, Cllr Golding said Forster “is not a member of the British National Party and she never has been”.

He added: “I contacted our membership department and asked them to check all of our records going back many years and she is not on there whatsoever.”

Cllr Golding interviewed Forster in the video and she denied ever being a member of the BNP.

However, News Shopper discovered she was registered as a member of the party under a different name – Helen Colclough.

The video was made as part of Cllr Golding’s Operation Fightback campaign, which aims to expose so-called media lies.

When asked to explain why his video on Forster contained a lie, he said he was unaware she was a member of his party under a different name at the time of making the video.

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