Dean Morrice described by judge as ‘dangerous neo-Nazi’ who pumped out racist propaganda online

A former Ukip member who posted violent racist, antisemitic and Islamophobic propaganda online and collected the means for making bombs has been jailed for 18 years.

Dean Morrice had ball bearings, pipes and instructions for an improvised explosive device (IED) by the time his home was raided last year, and the judge at Kingston crown court said it was “fortunate” that police arrested him when they did.

“You have described yourself as a patriot. You are not a patriot, you are a dangerous neo-Nazi, your bigotry and hatred is abhorrent to the overwhelming majority in this country,” Judge Peter Lodder said.

He said it was clear that Morrice revered those responsible for massacres in New Zealand and Norway and the bombing of a US government building Oklahoma, and had attempted to “fool” the jury into thinking he was a caring family man.

Morrice, 34, of Paulton, near Bristol, who worked for a time for the army, was convicted last week of 10 counts related to terrorism and explosives, all of which he denied.

He ran a Telegram channel that prosecutors said had “unapologetically, unambiguously pumped out” neo-Nazi propaganda that encouraged the killing of people of colour and Jewish people.

A previous hearing was told that Morrice had made a video of himself strumming along on a guitar to footage of the 2019 Christchurch terror attacks.

Lodder said Morrice had shown no remorse. “You attempted to fool the jury into thinking that you are a family-orientated, caring man who was simply trying to find friends. In the witness box you cried as you spoke of missing your own children.

“Yet you revelled in the Christchurch mosque massacre in which children as young as three years old were murdered, and glorified Brevijk who slaughtered more than 30 children in Norway.”

The judge instructed that the custodial element of a 23-year sentence should be 18 years.

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A man from Somerset has been found guilty and sentenced for sharing terrorist material and possession of explosives.

Following an investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) and Counter Terrorism Policing South West (CTPSW), Dean Morrice of Pithay Court, Paulton was found guilty on Thursday (10/6) on eight counts by a unanimous jury and a further two counts on a majority verdict.

During a 15-day trial at Kingston Crown Court, jurors heard details of the 34-year-old’s offences. He was charged with a total of 10 counts and found guilty on all counts –

Three counts of dissemination of terrorist publication, contrary to section 2 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
One count of encouraging terrorism, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2006;
Four counts of possession of a document or record for terrorist purposes, contrary to section 58 (1) (b) of the Terrorism Act 2000;
Two counts of having an explosive substance, contrary to section 4 (1) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

Today (14/6) Morrice was sentenced to a total of 23 years imprisonment – eighteen years custodial with a further five years for what the judge described as his dangerousness.

Morrice was arrested on 20 August 2020 and searches were carried out in Paulton near Bath as part of the investigation.

He was found to have terrorist material. This included the manifesto of other extreme right-wing terrorists and a video of a terrorist act in which he had superimposed a video of himself into the video while playing a guitar along to the harrowing scenes depicted. He then shared that video with others.

He was in possession of documents which included other convicted terrorist manifestos.

He was found to have used communication channels to send memes and videos which encouraged terrorism which included the use of anti-Semitic imagery, neo-Nazi propaganda and suggested support for a race war.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “The evidence in this case has shown that Morrice had a clear extreme right-wing ideology and had terrorist intentions.

“He was also in possession of terrorist literature including ‘weapon and militia manuals’ and distributed this to further aid his warped ideology and try and encourage others.

“Through dedicated investigation, Morrice was stopped before he was able to carry out any physical act of terror but the evidence showed that he actively encouraged terrorism to others with his toxic ideology and had the intention and potentially the capability to commit one himself.”

The court heard that during searches of his property, a 3D printer was discovered along with evidence to suggest he was trying to construct a weapon. He was also found to have other explosive substances in his possessions along with manuals about how to make guns and guerrilla warfare.

Det Chief Supt Barnes continued: “This is the first terrorism case which has taken evidence obtained by use of a 3D printer to court. CTPSE and CTPSW will continuously update knowledge and tactics to ensure the disruption of the wrongful use of new technology, as in this case.

“We work together across our network and with local forces and other law enforcement agencies to keep one step ahead.

“Although the weapon was not viable in the current state it was found in, in the wrong hands with the right capability it could have become one.

“I want to thank the dedicated investigation team and all our partners across the counter terrorism network, local forces and other law enforcement agencies in this case for all their hard work in getting this conviction.”

Chief Inspector Steve Kendall, Area Commander for Bath and North East Somerset, said: “People like Dean Morrice, who have extremist views and harbour such vile feelings of hatred towards sections of society, can live absolutely anywhere and although these instances are rare, they remind us we all need to be vigilant.

“While he evidently had the intent to equip himself with harmful substances and a weapon, there is no reason to believe any attack was imminent.

“His arrest in August last year undoubtedly concerned the community and I’d like to thank them for the restraint and resilience they showed following what was an unusual event.

“Public safety is our number one priority and we, together with all our security service partners, continue to work tirelessly to apprehend people like Morrice.

“If you are concerned about someone’s behaviour please contact us. We will be able to help with support, and where necessary, take appropriate action.”

Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat and we need the public’s help and would always encourage people to report anything suspicious.

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Andrew Dymock, the son of two academics from Bath, has been convicted of multiple terror offences following an Old Bailey trial.

The university student, who founded and led two banned neo-Nazi terrorist groups, was first exposed by the BBC.

In the summer of 2017, racist and homophobic propaganda posters began appearing in cities throughout the UK.

Bearing the logo of a new neo-Nazi group, the material abused and sought to intimidate gay, Jewish, black and Muslim people.

The group, System Resistance Network (SRN), also emerged online, using its website and social-media accounts to spread vile imagery, videos and diatribes.

Dymock admitted being in images provided to the court by Counter Terrorism Policing North

Much of the material went beyond stirring up hatred, crossing instead into open encouragement of violence and genocide.

In December 2016, National Action had become the first neo-Nazi group to be banned in the UK as a terrorist organisation, but a subsequent increase in terrorism prosecutions relating to right-wing ideologies had yet to begin.

The BBC began tracking SRN’s street-level activity and, over the following months, found at least 10 cities had been targeted – from Dundee to Southampton, Newport to Cambridge.

It became clear SRN’s presence in such disparate places was due to its requirement that aspiring members proved themselves by covering their local areas with propaganda.

The organisers hid behind masks and online aliases, making them hard to identify, although there seemed to be links to National Action.

There was a clear connection to the US terror group Atomwaffen Division, with the organisations referencing and promoting one another.

Atomwaffen, linked to five murders in the USA, draws on the most violent parts of the white-power canon, blending them with obscure Satanist-occult beliefs, to promote the apocalyptic idea an inevitable societal collapse should be accelerated through terrorism and criminality.

One of the SRN leaders used the alias Blitz.

There were suggestions Blitz was an already-notorious figure from National Action – but the information the BBC found contradicted this claim.

When, in spring 2018, Blitz split from SRN, following a row over his adherence to Satanism, he created an even more extreme group, Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD).

The group lionised the Moors murderer Ian Brady and cult-leader Charles Manson, with its racist and misogynistic online material promoting the rape and murder of women and children and calling for the Duke of Sussex to be shot for marrying Meghan Markle.

The BBC obtained private-chat logs, containing SKD members, in which Blitz:

criticised Adolf Hitler for “not slaughtering the subhuman British at Dunkirk”
said the age of sexual consent should be 12
called for police officers to be raped and killed

The chats revealed that SKD was created as a European version of Atomwaffen Division.

Some of the young men discussed vulnerable girls they had encouraged to self-harm, laughing at the hurt they had caused.

One member, later revealed to be Leeds student Michael Szewczuk, mocked a girl he had asked to cut a Swastika into herself, writing she “can’t even carve her own skin properly”.

Blitz used a series of aliases but left clues about his real identity, including:

seemingly at university, he identified himself as coming from the west country and being in a “very wealthy tourist town”
a reference to planned travel to the US, to meet Atomwaffen members, on a certain date
stating his “parents pay for everything”, implying he was from a materially comfortable background
mentioning shopping at Morrisons

But his bedsheets were the giveaway.

Blitz posted a photo in the chat of a neo-Nazi book resting on distinctive rainbow-coloured sheets.

The same bedsheet was visible in photos, shared by Blitz elsewhere, of a girl naked on a floor while he brandished a copy of a neo-Nazi text over her, as well as an image of her with wounds and swastikas carved into her skin.

Separately, the BBC found a selfie of Blitz lying on the same sheets.

Eventually, investigations led to a name: Andrew Dymock.

Dymock seemed to be the son of two academics, from the wealthy town of Bath in the west country, and at university, in Wales.

His Bath flat was next to the only Morrisons in the city. He had tried to travel to the US on the date mentioned in the chats but had been arrested at the airport and turned back.

Enquiries on the ground confirmed that Dymock was the person in the Blitz selfie.

Dymock was exposed in December 2018 as the SKD founder.

He was arrested the next day and charged with 15 offences the following year after a detailed police investigation.

Since his arrest, Atomwaffen, SRN, and SKD have all been outlawed as terrorist organisations by the government, with SKD also becoming the first right-wing extremist group to be banned in Australia.

Seven people linked to Dymock or his groups have been convicted of terror offences and hate crimes, including the son of a House of Lords clerk and the youngest person to be convicted of planning a terrorist attack in the UK.

At trial, Dymock denied ever being a neo-Nazi and claimed he merely had an academic interest in the subject

He said he was gay, meaning he was opposed to homophobia, and blamed a vast conspiracy – involving neo-Nazis, the police, and mysterious unknown men – for framing him

The jury rejected his lies.

Dymock, who sought to terrorise others, now faces years in prison.

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A politics student who called for the “extermination” of Jewish people has been found guilty of 12 terrorism charges.

Andrew Dymock, from Bath, established the banned right-wing groups System Resistance Network (SRN) and Sonnenkrieg Division.

He also published an article stating that Jewish people were a “cancer”.

The 24-year-old was convicted at the Old Bailey and is due to be sentenced on 24 June.

From his parents’ house in Bath and his student bedroom in Aberystwyth he established two now proscribed groups.

Dymock believed in what is known as the “Siege” ideology which advocates rape as a political weapon.

The groups claimed they were committed to using violence to end democracy and drive non-white people out of Britain.

The son of two academics, Stella and Dr David Dymock, a professor of dentistry at Bristol University, Andrew Dymock was first exposed by a BBC investigation in 2018.

As the verdicts were delivered, he told jurors “thank you for killing me”.

In total he was convicted of 15 offences:

Five counts of encouraging terrorism
Four of disseminating terrorist publications
Two of terrorist fundraising
One of possessing material useful to a terrorist
One of possessing racially inflammatory material
One of stirring up racial hatred
One of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

Det Ch Supt Martin Snowden, head of counter terrorism policing north east, said as he had established two terrorist organisations Dymock was a “key leader” and his conviction was a “key step in protecting the UK”.

The trial heard he used the SRN website to publish an article stating Jewish people should be exterminated.

He stated a “racial holy war is inevitable” and “every stabbing, bombing, shooting further plays into our hands”.

Dymock had also engaged in terrorist fundraising by seeking and receiving financial donations via the SRN website using a dedicated Paypal account he created.

He used the SRN Twitter account to share extremist texts and called for “total war”.

The court also heard police had found a picture on one of Dymock’s devices showing a swastika cut into his girlfriend’s buttock.

He told detectives in a January 2019 interview he had used his nail to scratch the symbol.

Dymock denied responsibility for the accounts, claiming he was set up by his now former partner, who had failed to recruit him to join banned terrorist group National Action (NA).

captionAs the verdicts were delivered, he told jurors “thank you for killing me”

Prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward earlier told jurors he was not being prosecuted for holding racist, anti-Semitic or homophobic beliefs, or for his “adherence to a neo-Nazi creed”.

She said: “Rather, he is facing prosecution for his encouragement of terrorist activity, of violence, as a means to shape society in accordance with his beliefs, rather than through free speech and democracy.”

An examination of Dymock’s computer revealed longstanding extremist views dating back to when he was 17, including a Google translation of the words “Kill all of the Jews”.

On 8 October, 2017, he wrote about the creation of SRN on a right-wing webpage stating the group was “focused on building a group of loyal men, true to the cause of national socialism and establishing the fascist state through revolution”.

Dymock admitted being in images provided to the court by Counter Terrorism Policing North

Jurors heard how he was expelled from SRN in late February 2018.

Dymock was arrested at Gatwick Airport the morning after a BBC News investigation in December 2018 exposed his extremist activities.

Police found extreme right-wing literature in his luggage along with clothing bearing neo-Nazi logos.

He also had books, flags, clothes and badges with links to the extreme right wing in his bedroom at home and university.

Dymock claimed he was “set up” by others, and that material linking him to content on the SRN website and Twitter account was “planted in his possession without his knowledge”.

At trial he denied being a neo-Nazi and told police: “In fact, I am bisexual but lean towards being homosexual, in direct conflict with Nazism.”

He claimed he was instead the victim of a conspiracy.

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Former British Army driver had explosive substances, crossbows and 3D gun parts at home

A former Ukip member has been found guilty of neo-Nazi terror offences and explosive charges.

Dean Morrice, 34, had explosive substances at his home near Bristol, as well as crossbows and parts for a 3D-printed gun.

His trial at Kingston Crown Court heard that he also ran a social media channel which encouraged far-right terror attacks.

Morrice told the court that he developed an interest in politics in around 2008 or 2009 and was initially a “fan” of Nigel Farage, but then became more extreme.

He said he joined Ukip because he supported its views and was a member until “a few years ago”.

Morrice told jurors that a Facebook group dedicated to “King Nigel [Farage]” was his first engagement with politics online, before he became involved in neo-Nazi chat groups.

He denied all charges but was convicted of eight terror offences and two counts of possessing explosive substances on Thursday.

After 11 hours of deliberations, jurors reached unanimous verdicts on eight charges and found Morrice guilty of having materials to make incendiary thermite and possessing a terrorist document relating to weapons by a majority of 10 to two.

He was convicted of two counts of possessing explosive substances without a lawful purpose, one of encouraging terrorism, three of disseminating terrorist publications and four of possessing documents useful to a terrorist.

The defendant, wearing a dark suit and tie, stood impassively in the dock as the verdicts were read out.

Judge Peter Lodder QC remanded him in custody ahead of a sentencing hearing on Monday.

Morrice, who previously worked as a driver for the British Army, had collected items including crossbows, a tactical vest, skull mask, far-right stickers and a badge reading “ban Islam”.

Prosecutors said he held up the Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant “as an example to follow”, and filmed himself “strumming along” with footage of the March 2019 massacre.

Morrice told jurors that a Facebook group dedicated to “King Nigel [Farage]” was his first engagement with politics online, before he became involved in neo-Nazi chat groups.

He denied all charges but was convicted of eight terror offences and two counts of possessing explosive substances on Thursday.

After 11 hours of deliberations, jurors reached unanimous verdicts on eight charges and found Morrice guilty of having materials to make incendiary thermite and possessing a terrorist document relating to weapons by a majority of 10 to two.

He was convicted of two counts of possessing explosive substances without a lawful purpose, one of encouraging terrorism, three of disseminating terrorist publications and four of possessing documents useful to a terrorist.

The defendant, wearing a dark suit and tie, stood impassively in the dock as the verdicts were read out.

Judge Peter Lodder QC remanded him in custody ahead of a sentencing hearing on Monday.

Morrice, who previously worked as a driver for the British Army, had collected items including crossbows, a tactical vest, skull mask, far-right stickers and a badge reading “ban Islam”.

Prosecutors said he held up the Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant “as an example to follow”, and filmed himself “strumming along” with footage of the March 2019 massacre.

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Graham Hart, 69, pleaded guilty to eight charges of spreading racial hatred on radio shows, which contained ‘extreme hatred towards Jews’.

A radio host who pleaded guilty to spreading anti-Jewish racial hatred has been warned he faces a prison sentence.

Graham Hart, 69, of Penponds, Camborne, pleaded guilty to eight counts of producing a programme in service with intent or likely to stir up racial hatred at Truro Crown Court yesterday.

The charges relate to comments made on radio shows between 2016 and 2020, which Campaign Against Antisemitism said was among the worst hatred towards Jews they had ever encountered.

It has been reported Hart had previously posted a song called ‘Hoax Train’ online, which appeared to question the Holocaust to the tune of the disco song, ‘Love Train.’

The Judge, HHJ Linford scheduled a sentencing hearing for 6th August, pending a psychiatric report and warned Hart that he “should anticipate an immediate sentence of imprisonment”.

Charges were brought against Hart following an investigation by Campaign Against Antisemitism sparked a police probe.

The CAA’s Stephen Silverman said: “The offences constitute some of the most extreme hatred towards Jews that we have ever encountered.

“It is vital that the Jewish community is protected from this man, and we hope that the sentence will also send a message to like-minded people that hate towards British Jews will not be tolerated.”

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A “right-wing extremist” has been jailed for possessing manuals on knife fighting and making explosives.

Nicholas Brock became an extremist by browsing online, police said

Police found a hoard of Nazi-era daggers, far-right literature and a framed Ku Klux Klan certificate in Nicholas Brock’s bedroom in Berkshire.

The 53-year-old was found guilty in March of three counts of possessing materials which could be of use in preparing terrorist acts.

He was jailed for four years at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court.

Brock’s bedroom contained a hoard of Nazi-era daggers

Brock’s collection included a copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf manifesto and a video of a white supremacist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019, the court heard.

Prosecutors described the hoard as materials suitable for “an undergraduate degree” in the far-right.

The stash and a hard drive containing the terrorist manuals were found in 2018 at Brock’s home in Maidenhead, which he shared with his mother.

‘Toxic ideology’

Judge Peter Lodder QC told him: “It is clear from the wide range of other material found on your computer and your hard drive that you are a right-wing extremist.

“Your enthusiasm for this repulsive and toxic ideology is demonstrated by the graphic, racist, Islamophobic and white supremacist iconography which you have stored.”

Edward Butler, defending, said there was no evidence his client intended to carry out an attack.

Brock, of Lancaster Road, previously told police he had an interest in military memorabilia which stemmed from his love of Action Man as a child.

Police said Brock was likely to have been self-radicalised through browsing online.

Det Ch Supt Kath Barnes, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, said: “The material Brock had in his possession is dangerous and concerning.

“He had books which would provide techniques on how to fight, assisting someone who was potentially preparing a terrorist act.”

The defendant was ordered to serve another year on licence after his release from prison.

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A man who sprayed offensive graffiti and swastikas on a mosque in Moray has been jailed for 14 months.

Mark Macpherson, 44, admitted a racially aggravated act of malicious mischief carried out in Elgin.

The incident happened in the town’s South Street in May 2019.

Sheriff Sara Matheson told Inverness Sheriff Court: “The north of Scotland has a long history of tolerance between religions and is friendly and welcoming to all.”

Fiscal depute Robert Weir said Lansana Bangura, the chairman of the Elgin mosque, had locked the building after prayers in the early morning of 20 May.

A witness later heard a noise similar to an aerosol can being sprayed and saw a hooded man.

Police found swastikas sprayed on windows and walls alongside offensive language.

Macpherson was identified through CCTV.

When interviewed by police after being arrested and asked if he could have done it, Macpherson, of Elgin, replied: “To be honest, I don’t know’.”

Defence solicitor Stephen Carty said his client had a heavy addiction to alcohol and drugs.

‘No place in society’

“What we have here is drunken, foolish and abusive behaviour which is a matter of great shame to him”, he said.

“He does not hold these views.”

Sheriff Matheson said: “This act seriously offends and displays ignorance and hate which has no place in our society.

“Any racial prejudice will be treated very seriously by the court.”

The mosque’s Mr Bangura said at the time that such acts did not “unscrew the bond which we have with our community”.

Moray Council had the “deeply offensive” graffiti removed.

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Nicholas Brock, 53, is covered in neo-Nazi tattoos while his bedroom is covered in SS memorabilia. He was convicted after police found he had manuals on how to kill people

A right wing extremist covered in neo-Nazi tattoos has been jailed after he was caught with manuals on how to kill people with knives and make homemade bombs.

Nicholas Brock, 53, decorated his bedroom with SS memorabilia and was convicted of three counts of possessing documents useful to a terrorist after a trial.

The specific documents the charges relate to were found organised into a folder labelled ‘army military manuals’ on an external hard drive seized by police in January 2018.

The documents were The Anarchists’ Cookbook version 2000, which contains bomb recipes, a document on knife-fighting techniques and a US military manual containing further instruction on fatal knife attacks.

But a treasure trove of far right material was found at the home Brock shared with his mother in Maidenhead, Berkshire, including literature, weapons, bomb recipes and violent videos.

Sentencing him today, Judge Peter Lodder QC said: “It is clear by the wide range of other material that you are a right wing extremist.

“Your enthusiasm for this repulsive and toxic ideology is demonstrated by the graphic, racist, Islamophobic and white supremacist iconography which you have stored and appear to share with others of similar views.

“Your bedroom was decorated with SS memorabilia and a framed KKK recognition certificate in your own name was hanging on your wall.

“Your degree of devotion is indicated by your decision to cover your upper body and arms with tattoos of symbols associated with neo-Nazis.

“I do not sentence you for your political views, but the extremity of those views informs me about your criminality and the assessment of dangerousness.”

Jurors at Brock’s trial back in March heard police discovered Hitler’s Mein Kampf and books about owning a black slave and the neo-Nazi group Hail Combat 18 in Brock’s collection.

A variety of Second World War knives and daggers bearing Nazi and SS insignias and recipes for homemade bombs annotated with hand-drawn swastikas were found, the court heard.

Analysis of electronic devices found photos of a man “believed to be Brock wearing a balaclava, holding a large firearm and posing in front of a swastika flag in his bedroom”, prosecutors said.

There was also a snap of Brock wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap, associated with Donald Trump ’s 2016 presidential campaign, and standing in front of the Confederate flag.

The Nazi flag, which bore an eagle and swastika, was found on Brock’s wall during the police search, as well as an SS wall plaque, Nazi propaganda poster and a framed Ku Klux Klan certificate of recognition with his name on it.

A Nazi badge was also found on his bedside table.

Videos of “extreme violence” found on devices included footage taken by the 2019 Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant as he shot 51 people dead in Newzealand, beheadings and KKK cross burnings.

The jury heard Brock has tattoos of “Nazi figures from the 1930s and 40s”, an SS Totenkopf skull and swastikas on his upper body.

In a police interview, Brock claimed he was a military collector and denied downloading the documents.

He said his friends would sometimes come round to play Playstation games in his bedroom and he would often be out of the room “making a cup of tea or a sandwich”.

Ms Gargitter told the sentencing hearing Brock has a conviction for burglary and theft dating back to when he was 19, and more recently for two counts of racially aggravated harassment in 2017.

He was handed a community order at Berkshire Magistrates’ Court for the harassment after sending racist messages and memes to an ex-partner relating to her mixed-race children – one of whom was just eight-years-old.

In mitigation Edward Butler, defending, said the offences were “documentary”.

He said: “There are cases where those documents are possessed with a particular plan or purpose in mind.

“This is not such a case. These documents were three of a vast quantity of data, much of it macabre and concerning in nature, obviously, but plainly accumulated over many years.”

He said there was “no evidence or suggestion” Brock was a member of any terrorist organisation or “intended to participate in any form of terrorist act”.

Mr Butler said the material was “hoarded” and the idea his client would participate in a knife attack was “fanciful” as he did not have the “physical wherewithal or ability” due to health conditions.

He said Brock was a “vulnerable defendant” who will find prison life “very challenging”.

Judge Lodder said he did not find Brock met the ‘dangerousness’ provisions in the law – which would have meant he was eligible for a longer prison sentence.

He said: “It is argued that although the pre-sentence report finds there is a high risk of serious harm for you, there is a low likelihood of re-offending.

“I’m concerned about what the report correctly identifies as high levels of immersion in ideological extremism but I find your situation is borderline.”

Brock, of Lancaster Road, Maidenhead, was jailed for four years with a licence extension of one year.

He will not be released until he has served at least two thirds of the sentence.

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Nimmo was a racist with an “Islamophobic mindset who was clearly dangerous”, the court heard

An internet troll who encouraged the murder of Muslims has been jailed for a string of terrorism offences.

John Nimmo also distributed the Anarchist Cookbook – a terrorist manual on how to make explosives.

At Newcastle Crown Court, he admitted seven offences including encouraging terrorism and distributing material likely to stir up religious hatred.

Nimmo, 32, of Osborne Avenue, South Shields, was jailed for 10 years and two months.

He also admitted possessing and disseminating terrorist material, possessing a prohibited firearm and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order linked to a previous offence.

Nimmo served prison sentences in 2014 and 2017 for sending abuse online aimed at Liverpool Wavertree Labour MP Luciana Berger, among other victims.

‘Racist mindset’

The court heard how he encouraged the murder of Muslims on his Gab social media account.

Judge Robert Adams said: “Nimmo has a racist and Islamophobic mindset – clearly, he’s dangerous”.

Prosecutor Matthew Brook told the court officers from Northumbria Police were tasked to regularly inspect Nimmo’s computer and devices as a result of the Criminal Behaviour Order.

He said Nimmo had posted illegal material in 2019 on social media, including calling Muslims “scum” and saying “a spring clean is in order”.

The hearing heard that another man Ciaran Anderson, 23, approached Dale Elliott, 29, and Nimmo in April 2020 asking whether they could make him a gun.

But after getting cold feet, Anderson rang police claiming to have heard a firearm discharged on Osborne Avenue in South Shields, where Elliott and Nimmo were neighbours.

Police found two homemade “slam guns” and home-made ammunition inside Elliott’s home. They also found a video of Elliott discharging a slam gun and Nimmo holding one.

Weapons were found during searches of the men’s addresses

Anderson admitted conspiracy to transfer a prohibited firearm and was jailed for three years and four months.

Elliott pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition without a firearms certificate and was jailed for five years and seven months.

Benjamin Newton, defending, said Nimmo had mental health problems and had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

He said: “The internet for him is almost like a drug that brings out the worst in him.

“There was no real chance anyone was going to act on his words.”

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