Neighbours speak about bizarre behaviour of neo-Nazi Nathan Worrell as he is jailed
Neighbours of convicted neo-Nazi Nathan Worrell have described his odd-ball behaviour after he was jailed for a string of offences following an anti-terrorist raid on his home.
Worrell, 46, who was so committed to the far right he wore Hitler Third Reich underwear, was described as a ‘bit of a weirdo’ by those living near the home he had converted into a Nazi-inspired shrine.
Worrell was sentenced on Thursday after a jury found him guilty of eight of the 11 charges he was facing under anti-terror laws.
The CPS described the loner as a committed neo-Nazi with a hatred of people who are not white.
His home in Scott Close, Willows estate, Grimsby, was raided and far-right images of the Nazis, Adolf Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan were discovered.
Shocked neighbours had no-idea of his extremist views but are glad to see the back of him because of his disturbing behaviour.
“I thought he was a bit weird,” one said.
“He used to walk out with his underpants on. He was once reading the meter and I’d walk out and he would be in his pants. Sometimes he’d leave his dressing gown open.
“I wouldn’t have suspected it but he was a bit of a weirdo. I thought maybe he was an exhibitionist.”
Tucked away in the corner of Scott Close on the Willows Estate, a tight-knit street in Grimsby that was described by residents as being quiet and unassuming, Worrell stored Nazi paraphernalia including, flags, stickers and fridge magnets.
One went as far as saying there’s never any trouble – not so much as a scratch on a car – and was surprised when she heard of his conviction.
“I never really knew he lived there,” she said.
“I was quite shocked when I read it and that he lived near me. He might’ve been quite lonely.
“There’s never any trouble down here, we’re all close and it’s quiet.”
Stickers saying ‘Diversity Is White Genocide’, ‘Multiculturalism Is Genocide’, ‘White Power Combat 18 in the Area’, and ‘White Pride Combat 18 in the Area’ were displayed around Grimsby in 2017 and 2018. The same images were found in different formats in Worrell’s home where shirts, jumpers and boxer shorts emblazoned with Nazi swastikas and emblems were discovered.
He denied six offences of possessing, publishing or distributing material to stir up racial hatred and five of stirring up racial hatred between 2017 and May last year.
He was convicted after a trial of eight of the offences on majority verdicts of 10 to two in seven of the charges and 11 to one in the other. He was cleared of three matters.
Jenny Hopkins from the CPS said: “Nathan Worrell is a committed neo-Nazi with a hatred of people who are not white.
“From the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed, he surrounds himself with images of Hitler, the SS and the Third Reich.
“The CPS will prosecute right-wing extremists who stir up racial hatred in communities and help keep the public safe.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, the head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, added that behaviour like this cannot be tolerated in society and said: “These offences clearly show that Worrell has not learnt or changed his behaviour despite serving a previous prison sentence.
“By obtaining and distributing these hateful messages, Worrell is inciting hatred, potentially threatening public safety and security as well as the stability of the local community.
“We will not tolerate any action which attempts to undermine or divide our communities and will continue to work to counteract the intentions of individuals who seek to do this.”
Judge Paul Watson QC sent Worrell behind bars at Grimsby Crown Court and described him as being someone who was committed to inciting racial hatred, adding that the public would be outraged if he received anything other than a custodial sentence.
“Racial hatred is a sickness in society and those who promote it with abusive or threatening words or behaviour can expect severe punishment,” he said.
“I accept that there is no evidence that any such person did see or take heed of any of this material, no complaint was made about it and there is no evidence that any other person was incited to racial hatred but that was your clear purpose.
“For these offences, individually and cumulatively, only a custodial sentence can be justified.
“The public at large would be justifiably outraged if it were otherwise.”