Four men have today been found guilty after posting extreme right wing stickers across a campus of a city centre university. A fifth man was acquitted.
The four were caught on CCTV on the evening of 9 July 2016 posting the stickers on signage at Aston University with the intention of inciting racial hatred. The stickers were discovered by security staff two days later and reported to police who started a hate crime investigation.
On the same day in Birmingham city centre, a Black Lives Matter demonstration was also being held.
The jury at Birmingham Crown Court took just over four hours to return the guilty verdicts.
The group comprises:
Chad Williams-Allen, aged 26 from Tantany Lane, West Bromwich and Gary Jack, aged 21, from Heathland Road, Shard End.
Two other men also stood trial but cannot be named for legal reasons.
They are due to be sentenced on 1 June.
Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, who heads the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “We are committed to tackling all forms of extremism which has the potential to threaten public safety and security.”
Anyone who sees or hears something that could be terrorist-related should act on their instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321. In an emergency, always dial 999. Visit gov.uk/ACT for more information, including how to report extremist or terrorist content that is online.