The 22-year-old had denied all the offences

A Met Police officer who was convicted of being part of a banned neo-Nazi terrorist group has been jailed.

Benjamin Hannam, of Enfield, north London, was found guilty on 1 April of membership of the far-right extremist group National Action.

The 22-year-old was also convicted of fraud over lies on his police application and possessing documents useful to a terrorist.

He was jailed at the Old Bailey for four years and four months.

Hannam was the first serving British officer to be convicted of a terrorism offence.

Jurors found Hannam guilty of two counts of possessing documents useful to a terrorist and two counts of fraud.

The fraud involved over £66,000 he earned from the Met after joining in 2018, while the documents related to a knife-fighting guide and a manual written by Anders Behring Breivik – the man responsible for murdering 77 people in Norway in 2011.

Officers found a National Action business card and badges in Hannam’s bedroom

Judge Anthony Leonard QC said the offences were so serious that only a custodial term was appropriate.

He said the nature of anti-Semitic material held by Hannam was “horrible and deeply troubling”.


Benjamin Hannam (second right) with other NA members

2016 – Joins NA and regularly attends meetings before the group was banned in December

2017 – Becomes a part of NA’s successor version called NS131 – which was also outlawed in September. His application to the Met is made in the summer, only days after he had attended an NS131 event

2018 – Enrols with Met Police and is passed out in front of Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick the following year

2020 – Arrested by police and subsequently charged

Judge Leonard told Hannam that he had “no doubt that your autism played a part in your offending”.

He said that, in committing fraud, the defendant had “abused the trust” of the police and public.

“You have harmed public trust in the police by your deceit,” he said.

Hannam remained in National Action from the time it was banned in December 2016 until September 2017.

The prosecution could not say that Hannam was preparing to make explosives or employ the knife-fighting techniques.

Hannam pleaded guilty to one count of possessing prohibited images of children – details of which were read out during the sentencing.

When his home was searched by detectives last year, his computer was found to contain a folder of “anime cartoons” of children and young people.

Prosecutor Dan Pawson-Pounds said: “Although most of the files in this folder did not show any sexual acts, there was a series of 12 drawings of the same hand-drawn girl, who appeared to be eight or nine years old, engaged in acts of intercourse.”

Some of the images showed the child, in a state of distress, being raped by an adult male.

Mr Pawson-Pounds said that aggravating features in relation to the prohibited images included the age of the child depicted, the “shock and upset” discernible on her face in some images, and the fact she was wearing a school uniform.

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He claimed he “fainted a bit” when finally brought to justice for his sick crimes

John Merritt denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty of raping two boys when he was a teenager (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A married man who raped two boys as a teenager collapsed in the dock when jailed today.

John Merritt, 60, of Leathers Lane, Halewood, denied sexually abusing the children more than four decades ago.

But at the age of 14 or 15, when going by the name Walter Merritt, he raped his victims in Belle Vale and Netherley.

Merritt offered chocolate to Boy A, before inviting him into his house and raping him in a bathroom and a nearby field.

He also raped Boy B in the bathroom, pouncing after his mum invited the disadvantaged little boy in for tea and cake.

Boy B described how the abuse “destroyed” his life and even landed him in jail, after he stole to buy drugs to block out the horror.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the now dad-of-four carried out the attacks in the 1970s.

Stephen McNally, prosecuting, said they came to light when Boy A made a formal complaint to the police in 2016.

He previously told his sister about the abuse 30 years earlier and also mentioned it in a letter to police in 2014, but hadn’t taken it further at that stage.

When interviewed, Boy A told police he believed it happened to others and mentioned Boy B, who was traced by officers and interviewed in 2018.

Mr McNally said Boy B wasn’t told who provided his name, but both men “independently provided accounts which bore a number of similarities”.

Boy A said Merritt passed him in the street, offered him chocolate and invited him into his home, before raping him in the bathroom. He said Merritt also raped him at another location and in a field in Netherley.

Boy B said he went to Merritt’s home because Merritt’s mum was nice to him and fed him, when times were hard in his family and he was “largely left to fend for himself”.

Mr McNally said: “He said that Mrs Merritt offered him tea, biscuits and cake, which he didn’t get at home.”

The court heard Merritt followed him into the bathroom, locked the door and raped him on two occasions.

Merritt was convicted of three counts of a sexual offence which would now be classed as rape after a trial in March.

In a victim statement, Boy A – who attended the sentencing – said the abuse “destroyed his life”.

Mr McNally said: “He describes how he turned to drugs because he ‘needed not to remember’.”

Boy A didn’t wish to make a victim statement, but in evidence described how the abuse affected his “personal relationships” and he also turned to drugs.

The trial heard Merritt was convicted of wounding aged 15 in 1976, when he threw a bike cog at a girl’s face, leading to him being put in care. His family later moved to Speke.

Mr McNally said in 1980 he was convicted of possessing a weapon, “a stick with a chain” when “part of a Teddy Boy outfit”.

Merritt was most recently convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence in 2015.

The court heard he had character references from his wife, adult son and two adult daughters.

Louise McCloskey, defending, said her client “acknowledged” the jury’s verdict, but maintained his innocence.

She said Merritt was “only a child” at the time and expert evidence, including an intermediary’s report, detailed his “educational difficulties and learning difficulties, as well as significant physical difficulties”.

The judge, Recorder Ian Harris, accepted there had to be a significant reduction in the sentence, because of Merritt’s age at the time and his “characteristics”.

Ms McCloskey said Merritt was assessed as being “a low risk of re-offending” and hadn’t committed any crimes since.

She said: “The man before the court, 60 years of age, is a very different one from the teenager that committed these offences.”

Ms McCloskey said the Probation Service recommended a community-based sentence, so Merritt could undergo work to rehabilitate him.

She said his family thought “very highly of him” and he was a “great support” to his wife and 12-year-old son, who has health difficulties.

Ms McCloskey said: “The defendant was convicted of these offences – not his family. Since this case was first publicised, his family have been subject to the most despicable abuse and general intimidation.”

She added: “His family are guilty of nothing and should not be treated as such.

“They themselves perhaps your honour could be considered victims of the offences.”

Recorder Harris said Merritt, when 14 or 15, raped Boy A up to five times, when the child was nine or 10, and raped Boy B twice, when the victim was eight or nine.

He said Merritt “befriended” then groomed and isolated the boys, which involved “significant planning”.

Referring to Boy A, Recorder Harris said: “It’s quite clear there has been a lifelong impact upon him.”

The judge said Boy B, who screamed and shouted out during the rapes, was left with “lifelong psychological harm”.

He said Boy B told the court: “I needed not to remember what this man did to me as a kid, so I took drugs, which made me not think about what had been done to me by him.

“He ruined my whole life. All my relationships failed with me being insecure with what happened to me. I stole to fund my drug habit, which put me in jail… one big, vicious cycle.”

Recorder Harris said a pre-sentence report referred to Merritt’s “dysfunctional sexual interests” as a teen and how the rapes allowed him to “exert power and control over the victims”.

The judge noted his learning difficulties and said Merritt suffered from physical problems, including abnormally short arms, as a result of his mum receiving thalidomide treatment when pregnant, which Merritt said led to him and his family being “marginalised and verbally abused” when living in Netherley.

He said the report suggested “optimistically and unrealistically” that he could be spared jail, but if Merritt had been an adult at the time of the abuse, he would have faced more than 16 years in prison.

Recorder Harris jailed him for eight years, at which point Merritt collapsed, hitting a wooden rail as he fell.

When helped up by a dock officer, he claimed “I just fainted a bit”, then muttered: “It’s my back as well.”

He will serve at least six years in prison, before he is released on licence.

Merritt, who must sign the Sex Offenders Register for life, waved to his crying wife and adult son as he was sent down.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Julia Jennings said: “The actions of Merritt have clearly had a long lasting and devastating impact on his victims, who have been forced to relive their ordeals through his trial.

“I would like to pay tribute to their courage and strength in coming forward to speak up against Merritt and I hope that today’s sentencing will finally give them the closure they have waited so long for.

“Time is never a barrier to investigating a crime and bringing someone to justice and I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward. We have specially trained officers who can support you through the investigation process.”

Liverpool Echo

Former Cambridge student and neo-nazi sympathiser Oliver Bel has been found guilty of a terror offence, after being caught in possession of a bomb-making manual.

Former Cambridge University student Oliver Bel was today found guilty at Manchester Crown Court after being caught in possession of the notorious Anarchist Cookbook, which includes bomb-making designs.

The court heard how Bel was in contact with the now banned nazi-terror group National Action, and several high profile activists from the group attended his trial.

Bel’s prosecution came about following the publication of two HOPE not hate blogs in November 2019, which revealed his true political views, especially his extreme and vulgar hatred of Jews.

We revealed that Bel, writing under his own name on the Iron March nazi forum, said:

“Jews are parasites, well known for nepotism and financial corruption… Extermination is the best option for them.”

The second blog focused on Bel’s apparent desire to do something ‘spectacular’ – even stream himself on some kind of ‘killing spree’.

These blogs were referenced several times during the trial and even read out in court in one instance.

Furious with our blog, Bel contacted us after we published, claiming that our reporting could possibly stop the mathematics graduate getting a good job. Our response was that anything alerting future employers to his hatred was a good thing.

Our initial articles alerted the authorities, and Bel was soon raided by counter-terrorism officers. He was found to be in possession of (among other things) the Anarchist Cookbook, a favourite for DIY terrorists tinkering with the idea of making bombs.

Bel drew support from the same sort of sycophants that had also supported and rallied around the convicted Nazi terrorist and paedophile Jack Renshaw. Bel wrote to us twice and repeatedly tried to ring us, but his threats of legal action unsurprisingly came to nothing.

He seemed rather pleased and preoccupied with the idea that articles about him had been removed by Google, whom he described as a “notoriously left wing company”.

During the trial at Manchester Crown Court it was revealed that Bel had also been in touch with Alex Davies, the founder of the terror group National Action and who is, amazingly, still at liberty. Davies even turned up in the evidence given last month in the court case against Benjamin Hannam, the police officer convicted of membership of the terror group.

Bel, of Eccles Road, Salford, denied possessing a document containing information useful to terrorism, but the jury did not buy his defence.

He had also originally refused to wear a mask in court, claiming he was exempt due to what he described as his “Asperger’s”. After the judge threatened to revoke his bail, the hardline nazi complied.

HOPE not hate had initially traced Bel from the notorious ‘Iron March’ forum which was home to a number of far-right terrorists, including “Daddy Terror” Ben Raymond, who, like Davies, remains at liberty.

Hope not Hate

The 22-year-old had denied all the offences

A Met officer convicted of being part of a banned neo-Nazi terrorist group has been sacked by the force.

Benjamin Hannam was found guilty earlier this month of membership of the outlawed right-wing extremist organisation National Action (NA).

The 22-year-old was dismissed without notice from the force by Met Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball following a misconduct hearing on Wednesday.

He will appear at the Old Bailey on 30 April for sentencing on six offences.

The hearing at the Empress State Building in west London was told that Hannam was also convicted of lying on his application and vetting forms to be a Met Police officer.

He had also pleaded guilty to being in possession of multiple prohibited images including “pseudo images” of young boys and girls – mocked-up images which looked like photographs.

Previously, the Met said it had reviewed Hannam’s time in the force and found no evidence his actions had been influenced by extremist ideology.

But his criminal trial and the misconduct case heard how Hannam lied on his application form and a subsequent vetting form in which he denied having links to an organisation “similar to the BNP”.

Hannam, who was not present at the misconduct hearing, joined the Met in 2018 and during his training was shown videos relating to NA.

He passed out in early 2019, but was identified by detectives on the neo-Nazi web forum Iron March following a database leak of users and later prosecuted.

Despite his six convictions, Hannam maintained his innocence insisting he has never been a NA member, a representative said on his behalf.

Officers found a National Action business card and badges in Hannam’s bedroom

Ms Ball, who chaired Hannam’s misconduct hearing, was told that when he was arrested in March 2020, a search of his home found him to be in possession of extremist material.

It included the manifesto of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik – who killed 77 people in 2011.

The hearing was told other items included notes of a NA meeting Hannam attended, as well as books and paraphernalia relating to fascism.

Before dismissing Hannam from the Met, Ms Ball said: “He could be in no doubt what he was doing was unacceptable behaviour at every stage. It is therefore proven that this is gross misconduct.”

Ms Ball said Hannam was already subject to a final written warning and therefore could not be given a second one or have his first one extended.

She added: “His rank of PC cannot be reduced so the only option is dismissal.

“He had every opportunity to move away from this course of conduct. I do not find any mitigating factors as his behaviour has been so grave.

“PC Hannam has disgraced himself and the MPS. This is very serious misconduct which undermines policing as well as our reputation.”

Hannam will be sentenced at the Old Bailey for being a member of a banned organisation, two counts of possession of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist, two of fraud by false representation and one of being in possession of a prohibited image of a child.

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A NEO Nazi was found to have made racist threats and supported a terrorist organisation.

Tobias Powell called for a civil war and supported the murder of MP Joanne Cox.

The 32-year-old showed off his tattoo online which showed a Nazi emblem, Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard.

He admitted four counts of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to stir up racist hate.

In his social media posts Powell showed his support for banned terror group National Action.

He posted on Twitter calling for a “civil war” to stop the “ethnic suicide of white people”, Counter Terrorism Police said.

Police went to his property in February 2019, and found Powell’s support for white supremacist and racist ideas.

He set up his Apple identification as Adolf Hitler, it was revealed.

Officers said Powell emailed the then Prime Minister Theresa May to brand her as a “snake” in a message entitled “Brexit Stitch Up”.

He also wrote a letter to Bognor MP Nick Gibb about his fears over Sharia Law.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of Counter Terrorism Police South East, said: “The evidence gathered during the investigation showed that Powell had some very unacceptable views.

“Whilst this was not a terrorism case, the nature of the rhetoric Powell had shared on social media, meant that it was only right for specialist officers from Counter Terrorism Policing to conduct a thorough investigation.

“We know there is a fine line between hate speech and terrorism. Showing support for terrorist organisations is not acceptable and if you do that, you should expect to be investigated by us.

“Police are committed to tackling all forms of toxic ideology which has the potential to threaten public safety and security.

“Where there is evidence that a group has been involved in terrorism, the Home Office will act swiftly to halt the spread of their poisonous ideology by proscribing (banning) them.

“Groups that do not meet the threshold for proscription are not free to spread hatred, fund terrorist activity or incite violence as they please. The police have comprehensive powers to take action against individuals under the criminal law.”

Powell, of Wythering Close, Bognor, faces sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court on May 14.

Brighton Argus

A BAREFOOT racist thug launched a random vicious attack on an Asian family, leaving a grandfather needing to have his teeth removed.

Liam Withington left a mum and her children, who he did not know. terrified after hammering on the door of their Breightmet home, shouting racist abuse.

And when frightened Arabiya Doodhwala called her father, who lived nearby, for help, he was attacked, punched and kicked and chased into the road by raging Withington.

When brave Ms Doodhwala left her home to try and help her father, 25-year-old Withington attacked her too.

And when relative Mohammed Marothi, an off-duty special constable, arrived at the scene, Withington tried to kick him and spat a mouthful of blood towards him.

“These were wholly unprovoked and abhorrent offences committed against a family who were entirely blameless,” Recorder Stan Reiz QC told Withington.

“Two young children had to see their grandfather and their mother beaten by you in a place which they were entitled to regard as a safe haven.”

Withington, of Poplar Avenue, Horwich, pleaded guilty to the racially aggravated offences of causing actual bodily harm, assault and using threatening behaviour.

Alistair Reid, defending, said Withington, who has previous convictions for violence, had been drinking.

“He has absolutely no explanation as to what was happening on that night,” said Mr Reid.

“He has no recollection of leaving his house, he cannot explain where his shoes were — he blacked out, effectively, following drinking. He has friends from all manner of ethnic and racial backgrounds and he is mortified that he should have acted in such a manner.”

Verity Quaite, prosecuting, told how Ms Doodhwala was with her children when she heard hammering on her door and a voice shouting: “Open the f***ing door.”

“That alone would have been shocking and frightening, but it escalated from there,” said Recorder Reiz.

After being phoned, Gulam Marothi went to his daughter’s home, but Withington ran towards him and punched him several times in the face, knocking him to the ground and kicking him.

Mr Marothi stumbled into the road, where vehicles had to slow to avoid hitting him and Withington continued the attack in the carriageway, punching him to the ground again. The assault left the victim needing teeth removed. When Ms Doodhwala ran to her father’s aid, she too was hit in the head and shoulder.

Throughout the incident Withington shouted threats and racial abuse.

Sentencing him to two years and two months in prison, Recorder Reiz said he accepted Withington had been drunk at the time.

“But that is not a mitigating factor for your shameful behaviour,” he added.

“While you may be remorseful, you chose to drink that night.”

As he was led from the dock to begin his prison sentence, Withington said: “I apologise to the victims, it must have been a terrifying ordeal for them .”

Bolton News

Tony Eckersley sent a picture of Jo Cox along with the threat to ‘have you dealt with’

A white supremacist has been jailed for more than two years after sending hundreds of violent, misogynistic and racist messages to Labour MP Jess Phillips.

Tony Eckersley, 52, from Salford, Greater Manchester, sent the Labour MP more than 300 threatening messages over a nine-month period.

Within the emails, Eckersley sent Phillips, who is shadow minister for domestic violence and safeguarding, a picture of Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was murdered in 2016 , accompanied with the message: “I will have you dealt with.”

In the emails, Eckersley called Phillips a “treasonous cow” and a “virtue signalling rape facilitator” and said that it would be “appropriate” for her and other MPs to be blown up during a terror attack at the House of Commons.

Although police initially warned him about his conduct, Eckersley continued to message Phillips at her constituency office in Birmingham, accusing her of “abusing her authority and privilege to shut him down like so many British heroes”. His messages also contained extreme racist language, aimed predominantly towards those from an Asian or Muslim background. He was later arrested.

Eckersley was sentenced to 28 months in prison at Manchester crown court on Friday, after pleading guilty to racially aggravated harassment of the MP between May 2019 and February 2020.

He is also subject to a restraining order that bans him from being within 100 metres of Phillips’s home and workplace, and is prohibited from any kind of communication with her for 10 years.

The court also heard that Eckersley has originally sent abusive emails to the Labour MP Graham Stringer in 2018, and that he targeted Phillips because of her views on issues relating to women’s rights and gendered violence.

The prosecutor, Robert Hall, said: “He said people in the UK would become violent, including sexually violent, towards Phillips and other politicians as a response to the alleged behaviour of those politicians.”

Judge Hilary Manley, who delivered the sentencing, said that Eckersley was an “inadequate man” who “cannot cope with the reality of having reached your 50s without ever really achieving much save for a habit of sitting at your keyboard venting your frustration at others”.

She continued, saying that the “ranting, hate-filled and threatening messages contained repeated and vile slurs directed at Muslim and Arab people, repulsive language and calculated and spiteful misogyny towards a serving MP”, and that targeting a serving MP and seeking to intimidate and silence her “strikes at the heart of democracy”.
The Guardian

A FOUL-MOUTHED hoaxer caused a bomb scare at the airport because he “felt hard done by”, a court heard.

Paul Hudson was seen at Gatwick Airport making claims that there was a bomb on board a flight.

The racist 46-year-old shouted: “I have a f****** bomb, I’m not f****** joking, I’m going to make the police work for their money today.”

Norwegian Airlines staff called in the threat, and Hudson fled the airport.

As he was arrested at a ticket barrier he racially abused a rail staff worker, and said he didn’t care if he was a racist.

At Lewes Crown Court he was jailed for 14 months after admitting a bomb hoax and racially aggravated harassment.

Will Martin, prosecuting, said the incident unfolded in October last year, telling the airline staff there was a bomb on the next flight.

There was “unease at Hudson’s behaviour”, and though some did not believe his bomb threats, checks had to be done.

Hudson was previously banned from entering the airport in 2011, the court heard, but often chose to sleep there.

He shouted: “The police are not here yet. They are quick to wake me up but not quick to get here. I thought they would be here by now.

Mr Martin said: “The defendant was arrested and denied being at the airport.

“He was shouting f*** off at the officers and called the officers c**** . Other people in the station could hear him.

The defendant saw a black rail worker and said ‘What are you f****** looking at ****’. Mercifully the worker did not hear this, but the police did.

“He said he didn’t care if he was a racist and said ‘I hate r*******, I have served in Afghanistan.”

Fiona Clagg, defending, said there was no suggestion that Hudson had managed to get airside in the airport and many staff thought he was not capable of what he claimed.

He had made the threats to shop workers and airline desk staff.

Hudson had been drinking heavily in Brighton before the incident and said he had not behaved like that before.

Ms Clagg said he had “sincere remorse” for his actions and was “embarrassed by his behaviour”.

His Honour Judge Stephen Mooney told Hudson, of no fixed address, he cannot keep coming back before the courts for “one ridiculous and revolting offence after another” and told the defendant it was time he grew up and started behaving like a “decent human being.

The judge said: “It seems to me these offences are much less about your mental health and more about a really unpleasant side to your personality.

“Because you were fed up with being moved on by the police, you thought you would just make life difficult for them, and indeed you did so on this occasion.

“We live in a world where people are frightened about many things, and bomb threats are particularly serious because it frightens the entire travelling public.”

Brighton Argus

A Met Police officer has been convicted of being a member of a banned neo-Nazi terrorist organisation.

Benjamin Hannam, of Enfield, north London, was found guilty of membership of the banned right-wing extremist group National Action (NA).

He was also convicted of lying on his Met Police application and having terror documents detailing knife combat and making explosive devices.

Hannam is the first British officer to be convicted of a terrorism offence.

He was released on conditional bail ahead of sentencing on 23 April.

At the Old Bailey, Judge Anthony Leonard QC lifted a ban on reporting the case after the 22-year-old admitted possessing an indecent image of a child, which was to have been the subject of a separate trial.

The PC had been working as a probationary officer for the Met for nearly two years before he was found on a leaked database of users of extreme right-wing forum Iron March.

He had signed up to the forum when he joined the London branch of neo-Nazi group NA in March 2016.

Jurors were shown a video of the PC spraying the group’s symbol on a derelict building in 2017

Following his arrest in March last year, officers discovered a NA business card and badges, as well as writings about his involvement with the group.

Jurors were told that on the day the group was banned in December 2016, Hannam had transferred the knife-fighting manual from his computer to folder named “NA” on a memory stick along with other extremist texts.

Detectives also found he was in possession of multiple prohibited images including “pseudo images” of young boys and girls.

Hannam was filmed taking part in a boxing session for members of the banned group

Jurors convicted him of remaining in NA for several months after it was banned in December 2016, as well as two counts of fraud for lying about his far-right past in a Met application form.

Prosecutor Dan Pawson-Pounds said the fraud was “intimately connected” to Hannam’s membership of the outlawed group.

Hannam had denied all the offences, telling the court he had never been a member of NA despite regularly attending group meetings.

He claimed that he was interested by the “look and aesthetic of fascism”, but that he was not a racist and had actually challenged group members when they expressed such views.

The officer said he had been “desperate to impress” an older NA organiser and his association with the group ended before he began working for the Met.

Officers found a National Action business card and badges in Hannam’s bedroom

The court heard that Hannam was part of a successor version of the extremist group called NS131 – which was itself outlawed in September 2017 – and that he appeared in its online videos spray-painting neo-Nazi logos.

He had joined the Met in 2018 and during his training was actually shown videos relating to NA.

He passed out early in 2019 but was identified on the neo-Nazi web forum by detectives.

It can now be reported that, soon after he joined the Met, Hannam was found to have committed gross misconduct after he was found using a young relative’s travel card to use public transport for free.

Scotland Yard said it had reviewed Hannam’s time in the Met and found no evidence his actions had been influenced by any extremist ideology.

He is currently suspended from duty.

The 22-year-old had denied all the offences

After the jury returned their verdict, the judge said Hannam had been “convicted of serious offences” and was being bailed as a “courtesy”.

Jenny Hopkins, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said Hannam’s “lies have caught up with him and he’s been exposed as an individual with deeply racist beliefs”.

“Benjamin Hannam would not have got a job as a probationary police constable if he’d told the truth about his membership of a banned, far-right group,” she added.

Cdr Richard Smith, of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said “the public expect police officers to carry out their duties with the very highest levels of honesty and integrity.

“Sadly, PC Hannam showed none of these qualities.”

BBC News

A Metropolitan Police officer is facing jail after acting as a recruiter for a banned neo-Nazi terrorist group.

PC Benjamin Hannam acted as a recruiter for National Action and offshoot group NS131

PC Benjamin Hannam, from Edmonton in north London, is the first police officer to be convicted of involvement in far-right terrorism.

The 22-year-old was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of being a member of National Action, a proscribed terrorist organisation, along with two counts of possessing documents useful for terrorism and for fraud.

After the police constable’s arrest in March last year, detectives found an image on his iPhone showing him in police uniform, with a Hitler-style moustache superimposed on his face and a Nazi badge on his lapel.

They also found he had downloaded a knife-fighting manual and a copy of the “manifesto” of the right-wing extremist Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people, mostly children, in bomb and gun attacks in Norway in 2011.

Prosecutors said the Breivik document included bomb-making instructions and “exhaustive justifications for his mass-casualty attacks”.

PC Hannam, who worked with the emergency response team in Haringey, north London, joined the Met in March 2018.
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