A right-wing extremist has been jailed for five years following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Sean Creighton, 45, of Enfield, was accused of a terrorism offence as well as writing homophobic and racist posts for social media with the intention of stirring up hatred.
Creighton, a right-wing extremist, pleaded guilty to seven public order offences and one terrorism offence at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 6 January.
He was sentenced on Thursday, 23 February to four years’ imprisonment for the public order offences and five years’ imprisonment for the terrorism offence, to run concurrently.
The investigation was launched into Creighton’s activities when officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command became aware of a picture on social media of a man, they later identified as Creighton, holding an assault rifle standing in front of a Nazi flag.
On 29 June 2016 a Section 46 Firearms Act warrant was executed at his address in north London.
He was arrested under Section 19 Public Order Act 1986 – distributing written material intending to stir up racial hatred in relation to material on his social media account. When officers further investigated his activity they discovered he was using various methods to spread hate, including offensive stickers on street furniture and what can only be described as prolific activity on social media. They also discovered he had possession of a manual of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
On 31 August 2016 he was charged with a terrorism offence and public order offences and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court the following morning where he was remanded in custody to await trial.
Commander Dean Haydon, of the Counter Terrorism Command, said: “We are as committed to apprehending and prosecuting far right extremists who commit terrorist offences and promote hatred as we are those who support and promote ISIS. Both are intent on destroying communities and pose a real risk if they are allowed to continue.”